Former England National Cricket Team skipper Nasser Hussain wants the Jos Buttler-led England National Cricket Team to avenge the defeat of the Three Lions against the Pakistan National Cricket Team in the 1992 ICC Men’s Cricket ODI World Cup final by winning the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 final.
The Men In Green and the Three Lions are all set to go head-to-head in the summit clash of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The high-voltage game is set to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13.
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Ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 high-profile summit clash, Nasser Hussain, in his column for ‘Daily Mail’, stated that “Pakistan will be a big threat,” but England can easily clinch the title if they play their aggressive game.
“So Pakistan will be a big threat but, as I said after the semifinal, if England play as they did against India they can beat any side. They played the perfect game on Thursday and Pakistan will know they cannot be below par in any way.”
“This is a battle of the strongest attack in the tournament, in Pakistan, against the best batting line-up, in England. I fancy Jos Buttler and his side to avenge that 1992 50-over final defeat on this same ground. But once they get that cornered tigers mentality, you would be a fool to write off Pakistan,” wrote Hussain in his column for ‘Daily Mail’ on Saturday.
Notably, the Imran Khan-led Pakistan National Cricket Team defeated the Graham Gooch-led England National Cricket Team by 22 runs in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 25.
Babar and Mohammad Rizwan still play slightly old-fashioned white-ball cricket – Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain highlighted that the Pakistan openers – Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan – play “slightly old-fashioned” cricket that is a bit similar to India’s approach in white-ball cricket. He added that the Pakistan openers need to be careful in the final as they don’t have a good batting depth and their middle order is fragile.
“Pakistan are a little similar to India in that their opening batters in Babar and Mohammad Rizwan still play slightly old-fashioned white-ball cricket, even though they did tee off against New Zealand.”
“Fact is, they have to be a little careful at the start because they do not have the batting depth of England. Their middle order has been fragile at times and they can be conservative upfront because 20 overs can be a long time for them.”
“Babar and Rizwan have had a quiet tournament before the semifinal — the captain had scored only 39 runs in the World Cup before making a half-century against New Zealand — but they both showed their class when it most mattered,” he elaborated.
Nasser Hussain further said:
“That sums Pakistan up and has been their story over the years. They are so talented and can put in world-class performances but they can also implode and crash out. It is remarkable they are in the final against England. Everyone is comparing their progress to Imran Khan’s cornered tigers of 1992 and there are definite similarities.
“Babar Azam has been criticised in the Pakistan media and by ex-players, just as Imran was all those years ago, and Babar had a little go back at them when they won their semifinal against New Zealand.
“But they know if they do get a par score, their bowling attack can win the game for them. Or if they bowl first and keep the opposition score down, their methods and their batting tempo can work.”
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