Records are meant to be broken is what Pakistan skipper Babar Azam had said before the high-octane 20-20 World Cup match against India, and that is exactly what happened in Dubai on Sunday (October 24). Pakistan managed to beat India for the first time in the 20-20 World Cup and finally took the monkey off their back. It was a complete domination from the Men in Green, where they outplayed India in all three departments.
On his debut match as a player and captain in the global event, Azam led from the front and stroked a classy unbeaten 68. He was well supported by Rizwan, who scored an enterprising unbeaten 79. The star of the match was pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who rattled India early by picking up three wickets. Pakistan’s calm and dominating performance against India gave a lot of joy to its spectators back home.
Azam said he is proud to have made history and termed it as one of the defining moments of his career so far. “It is definitely a proud moment for me as well as for all my players that we have made history,” Babar said according to News 18.
“We realize how important and how much we needed that win is as everyone wanted us to win and to have made history is one of the defining moments in our careers,” added Babar.
Since 1992, Pakistan have managed to come close in defeating India in the showpiece event but have never managed to cross the hurdle. In the 50-over World Cups, they are yet to beat their archrivals in the seven attempts. For now, Azam said he is happy to have done it in the 20-20 World Cup. “I had said before the match that records are meant to be broken so we have broken that jinx and we are very happy, in fact, the whole country is happy and celebrating.”