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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam admitted he was honoured to get praised by former captain and the country’s current Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Azam’s comments come after he struck an unbeaten 101, which came off 127 balls and included 11 boundaries, to lead Pakistan to a six-wicket win over New Zealand on Wednesday.
Thanks to Azam, who was named Man of the Match, Pakistan kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive and handed New Zealand their first loss in the tournament.
Congratulations to our cricket team for a great comeback. Congratulations especially go to Babar, Haris and Shaheen for their brilliant performances.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 26, 2019
After the match, Imran took to Twitter, and said: “Congratulations to our cricket team for a great comeback. Congratulations especially go to Babar, Haris (Sohail) and Shaheen (Shah Afridi) for their brilliant performances.”
Azam conceded that he was thrilled to have been praised by Imran, who captained Pakistan to World Cup glory in 1992.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 27, 2019
“It’s a huge honour that such a great former player and our current Prime Minister tweeted praise for us,” he was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.