If you’re trying to make sense out of how Pakistan ended up in the final of the T20 World Cup, then don’t even bother trying to do it. It has been said that Pakistan cricket is a phenomenon and one of the best definitions of this phenomenon, given by Nasser Hussain after Virat Kohli’s famous wicket in the 2017 Champions Trophy final, was one minute down, one minute up.
When you write Pakistan off, they somehow turn up, defy the odds, and surprise everyone by turning up in the middle of the match. The Pakistan cricket team has given its fans a lot to cheer about over the course of the 2022 T20 World Cup including losing to India and Zimbabwe in the initial two matches and making it to the grand finale of the marquee event.
There was almost no one who believed that Pakistan would qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup. The greatest miracle so far has been the Netherlands’ upset win against South Africa, and it was the best one yet. I believe that if it weren’t for the World Cup game, Pakistani fans would have stopped watching it, TV ratings for sports channels in the country would have plummeted, Babar Azam’s captaincy would have been removed from the squad, and the Chief Selector’s position would have been in jeopardy; to put it simply, all hell would have broken loose.
It is very important to bear in mind that we are not yet out; we are still in the game, and we will be thrilled once again on Sunday, the day after the big final (and for the next few years until the next T20 World Cup is held in 2024, or let’s just say in eternity) after the big game. This year’s World Cup final will also feature a repeat of the famous 1992 final between England and Pakistan.
There can be little doubt that England is a very dangerous team, and I am sure that every single member of the England team wouldn’t have forgotten the agonizing loss we suffered to the Imran Khan-led Pakistan, just as we haven’t forgotten our loss to Australia in the 1999 World Cup or our loss to India in the 2007 T20 World Cup final. In the past few months, England has been on a similar journey as Pakistan in this World Cup. There was no doubt that their devastating loss to Ireland sent shockwaves throughout the cricket world, not only in England but also in the rest of the world. However, they came back hard and strong and are now in the final.
The Pakistani nation needs this win in times of turmoil. We need to win on Sunday to heal hearts, to reorganize the nation divided by political connections, and to celebrate Pakistan again as a nation for the first time in a long time.”
Pakistan vs. England would be as exciting as a Pakistan vs. India final, but fans did not want to see Pakistan vs. India in the final. It will be an exciting match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the two teams will take the field at 1 pm PST on Sunday. In this year’s mega event, there will be a lot on the line, and it will be once again a match between the best bowling line-up against one of the most brutal batting units in history. The match-up will be a thrilling one. Fans are hoping that Pakistan can deliver the goods once more and take home the gold medal in style.
During Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Men in Green’s historic win over India in 2017, we got the opportunity to celebrate as a nation as one, and this time we will cherish another opportunity; this time it will come from Babar’s men. In the league of cricket-playing nations, Pakistan would be able to make a strong claim if it won another ICC title. Pakistan would be the only country that would have to invite every team, even India, to play there.
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The number of people who will once again choose to play cricket as a profession will rise to millions; many of them will strive to become like Babar, and others will emulate the bowling action of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf. I think Pakistani cricket would finally be able to return to a place on the map of world cricket in a more accurate sense than once was the case.
I would like to extend my congratulations to the entire Pakistani team, not to mention the Qudrat ka Nizaam team. We want you to be champions in the eyes of the world. It is your duty as Pakistanis to raise the Pakistani flag high on the 13th of November in order to rule the world.