Sarfaraz Ahmed has vowed to continue playing “attacking and positive” cricket in tomorrow’s Champions Trophy final against India. He was speaking to media ahead of the clash in London.
Asked about the performance of youngsters, the Pakistan skipper said their performance is a good sign for the team as the three debutants in the tournament — Faheem Ashraf, Rumman Raees and Fakhar Zaman — have performed really well for the team. Shadab is also performing well, he added.
On Aamer Sohail’s disparaging remarks, Ahmed said the team was not thinking about what he said.
“We have played attacking cricket so far and we will continue playing positive cricket in tomorrow’s match,” Ahmed said.
The skipper also expressed satisfaction with Pakistan’s middle-order batting line-up, which, he said, is now in form after the match against England.
He credited the bowlers for Pakistan’s brilliant come-back following a crushing defeat against India in the beginning of the tournament.
“I want to thank the people of Pakistan for their prayers and the way they have backed the team following consecutive wins,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed confirmed that Muhammad Amir was fit, but shied from confirming whether he would play tomorrow’s match claiming the playing eleven had not been decided since the team had not seen the pitch yet.
Sarfaraz said that the team will try to pick Indian middle-order batsmen early to stay ahead in the game.
Meanwhile; the cricket fever at an all-time high ahead of the blockbuster finale, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former captain Imran Khan has thrown in his own two cents about what Pakistan should do to overpower India.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the World Cup winning skipper said Pakistan should bat first and then rely on their pace attack to defend the target.
“Pakistan should bat first because there is no pressure batting first. Our bowling is our biggest strength. We should rely on our bowlers to defend the target,” he said.
“But if they [India] bat first, then chances are that India will score a lot [like last time] which will be difficult to chase.”
“India’s strength is playing spin. Pakistan should play on their strength which is their bowling,” he added.
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