PAK and ENG: The final between Pakistan and England will pit quality bowling against quality batting: Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden, Pakistan cricket team mentor, discusses the T20 World Cup trophy, Ramiz Raja’s pep talk to players, the Men in Green’s attitude ahead of the final against England, and more.
The T20 World Cup 2022 is an opportunity for the Pakistan cricket team to reawaken the nation with their performances, according to the team’s coach, Matthew Hayden.
Speaking to the media after a practise session at the MCG, the former Australian cricketer stated that the T20 World Cup final between PAK and ENG on Sunday will be a battle of quality bowling and quality batting.
“It’s a very emotional campaign,” he said of the Pakistan campaign.
“When it comes to these massive tournaments, we understand what it means. “It means the chance to lift the World Cup [trophy], it means the chance to set nations alight and alive again, to reinvigorate a nation through the performance of its national team,” he said.
Hayden also emphasised the importance of team bonding and how players treat one another on and off the field.
“A beautiful metaphor for this team, which has raw talent at its heart, mixed with the passion of a nation that loves the game,” he said.
“Pakistan’s highs have been really solid in this tournament.” I believe there have been some outstanding performances. It was off the field for me the other day when Babar was throwing warm-up balls to Rizwan. That, to me, reflects a culture that is working, hoping, and building that commonality. “I think that’s a lovely moment,” he said.
Ramiz Raja’s motivational speech
Matthew Hayden said of Ramiz Raja’s pep talk to the players during net sessions ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 final, “Ramiz was reliving some memories of the 1992 World Cup.”
He went on to say that the current generation of players will have similar opportunities in their lives.
“It will be a significant chapter in Pakistan cricket, as the 1992 campaign saw the rise of another superpower.” Imran Khan, one of the most influential cricketers of all time, is also doing well. “Celebrating democracy is an important part of life, and he’s doing it like a champ,” said the Men in Green’s mentor.
‘Ready to go’
Hayden stated that there has been a lot of positive energy mixed with some criticism that he believes is appropriate for an international side.
“I don’t think you can come to a tournament like this expecting to have it all your way. Our previous campaign in the T20 World Cup went very well. We won every game convincingly, almost clinically, as we saw in the semifinals, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything until you hit the big game. So now we’re in the big game. We’ve considered the criticisms, and we’ve enjoyed both the successes and the failures. And I believe we’re ready to go,” he said.
On the star-studded duo Babar-Rizwan
He also praised Pakistan’s opening pair of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, emphasising that their performance reflects not only their on-field relationships but also their off-field chemistry.
“Both are excellent leaders. Both men are deeply committed to nationalistic pride and Islam, and they have each other’s backs. Two is always better than one, which is why great partnerships are recognised. That’s why every player will form a 50- or 100-run partnership because it matters.”
“These are important considerations for Rizzi and Babar. And it’s generational as well as cricket. Who will ever forget that, you know? Hey, isn’t it great? It’s partnership, you know, something I was looking for, and Justin, we’re always looking for that partnership. I never made it there. But that was important in our heads,” he said.
PAK and ENG: good bowling vs. good batting
The former Australian cricketer predicted that the ICC T20 World Cup final between PAK and ENG on Sunday would be a battle of quality fast bowling versus quality batting.
“We have four quicks who can really make an impact and cause some long-term damage inside 20 overs.” One of the things that I believe India lacked last night in the spin bowling department was a leg spinning option, a sixth bowling option. This Pakistan team has six genuine options, plus a seventh, in case Ifti is needed. So I believe I have covered all of my bases. When you consider the England setup, I believe both sides have very equal setups. “They have six bowling options and the added benefit of having batting all-rounders,” he said.
In response to a question. Matthew Hayden stated that teams do their due diligence prior to each game, so it doesn’t matter if two sides have recently played, which is why the cliche in sports is that it’s on the day that matters.
“And it’s 100 percent, right?” he asked.
“It’s on the day who handles the pressure and who has their game preparation down pat.” On the day, it is determined who can handle their emotions and how their individual games set up the play.
It’s how they begin, and it’s also how they end. So, you know all those sports cliches, they matter in big games, and that’s why. In semifinals and finals, one side frequently capitulates beyond the point of recognition almost made. Who would have predicted that India would be defeated without a wicket last night? So anything is possible. But, in general, you have to have your stuff together, and I think team Pakistan has done that well in the last few weeks,” Hayden concluded.