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Pakistan Playing XI vs India: Babar Azam arrives for press conference: Ahead of the all-important clash against India, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam addressed a press conference on Saturday. He revealed Pakistan’s preparation details ahead of their opening group stage match, touted as the biggest match of this T20 World Cup. For T20 World Cup live updates, follow us at

Babar Azam press-conference:


We have prepared well for World Cup. The camp has given us good confidence. The plan is to play well and give our best. We have decided on the 12-man team. We will take a call on the XI tomorrow.

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In a shocking development, former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed who guided Pakistan victory against India in Champions Trophy has been left out of the squad.


I have faced India in the Champions Trophy and also in the World Cup. So, there is no pressure. It’s another match.

Losing all 12 matches in World Cup, thoughts on that

I think the more we keep it simple, we will be able to do well. We have prepared well, the aim will be to keep it simple. Records are meant to be broken, if we play according to the training that we have had, there is no need to look back at the losses.

Facing Bumrah:

Bowling has always been our strength. We have always won tournaments based on our bowling. They have been in good stead. If you ask me, I play the ball and not the bowler. I try to focus on the basics.

Message from Imran Khan:

No, there has been no message. But before we came here, he had shared his experience from playing the 1992 World Cup.

How to beat India after so many losses?

The idea is to focus on the future and not look back at the matches that we have lost. We have trained well and the idea is to play the basics.

Shadab Khan:

Shadab Khan has done well, he has practised well and as he has worked on his power-hitting as he bats at No 7 or 8. I am confident he will do well.

Message from Ramiz Raja

The message was to keep it simple, don’t pay attention to outside noise and give your 100%.

On the World Cup:

We have prepared well and we have a good impact group. The aim is to have a good start and take one match at a time. We are very excited to play the tournament. We are very confident.

What is your strength?

Batting is our strength. We have prepared well and the batsmen have been in good touch. So, our strength will be batting.

Pakistan Playing XI vs India: Babar Azam to address press conference ahead of blockbuster at 1.30 PM today; Follow LIVE Updates

  • Azam came up with strong statements to mark the beginning of off-pitch rivalry.
  • Against India, as they are in search of a maiden victory against India in a T20 WC match.
  • Earlier on Friday, He spoke that Pakistan have the self-belief, confidence and morale in the group to help Pakistan break the jinx on the high-pressure matchday.
  • He also spoke about the importance of staying calm and focused and that men in green have planned well to handle the pressure of expectations in a high-voltage encounter.
  • In addition, he said that the spinners will play a crucial role in Dubai turf.

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Pakistan has reportedly decided to include senior and experienced players in the playing XI on October 24. It features the likes of former Pakistan captains Shoaib Malik and Mohd Hafeez.

“Pakistan has decided to go with a combination of senior and experienced cricketers in the clash against India. Unless fitness issues creep up, the same combination that is playing in the warmup matches will be seen in action against India,” Pakistan’s Geo TV quoted a source as saying.

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The report further revealed the possible lineup:

Pakistan Playing XI vs India

  1. Babar Azam
  2. Mohd Rizwan
  3. Fakhar Zaman
  4. Mohd Hafeez
  5. Shoaib Malik
  6. Asif Ali
  7. Shadab Khan
  8. Imad Wasim
  9. Shaheen Afridi
  10. Hasan Ali
  11. Haris Rauf


Babar Azam & Mohd Rizwan

  • The two players are in sensational form in 2021. While Azam has scored 397 runs, Azam amassed 523 runs.
  • They have been consistent in the shortest format with most runs when it comes to partnership in the shortest format.
  • The duo can take the game away from the opposition owing to their smashing form in the ongoing calendar year.

Babar Azam in 2021

Year Mat Inns NO 100s 50s 0s HS Runs Avg S/R Ca St
2021 17 14 0 1 4 1 122 523 37.36 132.74 12 0


Mohd Rizwan in 2021

Year Mat Inns NO 100s 50s 0s HS Runs Avg S/R Ca St
2021 7 11 2 1 1 0 115* 397 44.11 51.23 22 0


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Fakhar Zaman, Mohd Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali

  • Fakhar Zaman at No.3 will add solidity to Pakistan batting. He is known for playing long innings. Earlier this year, he slammed back to back centuries against South Africa in ODIs.
  • Shoaib Malik has a phenomenal record against India in the ODIs. He will be looking to emulate it in the shortest format. He has slammed 1782 runs and scalped 22 wickets against India in 42 matches. In T20Is, he has managed 164 runs across 8 innings at an average of 27.33. Malik has featured in 116 T20Is for Pakistan with 2300+ runs and 28 wickets.
  • Another senior player Mohd Hafeez can contribute to Pakistan with his all-around ability. He has slammed 156 runs against India in 7 T20s at an average of 26. He has represented Pakistan in 113 T20Is with over 2400+ runs and 60 wickets. He led Pakistan in 29 T20Is.
  • However, Asif Ali needs to pull up his shocks as he has managed just 344 runs in 29 T20Is.

Lower-middle order

Shadab Khan & Imad Wasim

  • Both Imad and Shadab have been standout players for Pakistan in the last few years.
  • Imad Wasim has taken 51 wickets in 52 matches at an impressive economy rate of 6.4
  • Similarly, Shadab Khan has scalped 58 wickets in 53 fixtures at an economy of 7.4


Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf

  • Pakistan’s pace trio has been phenomenal in the powerplays and death overs.
  • Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali, in particular, are known for providing early breakthroughs.
  • While Shaheen has taken 32 wickets in 30 matches, Hasan Ali has returned with 52 scalps in 41 games.
  • Meanwhile, Haris Rauf has picked 28 wickets in 23 T20Is.

Pakistan squad

Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam (c), Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman

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