Danish Kaneria says “We have never seen them play with confidence.” Pakistan’s assured performances have startled Kaneria. Despite a heartbreaking semi-final loss to Australia, Pakistan made it to the final. Kaneria praised them for their outstanding performance up to that point. Pakistan’s impressive run in the 2021 T20 World Cup came to an end with a five-wicket defeat. And then there was the semi-final loss to Australia on Thursday. In the last five overs, Babar Azam let the match slip away from them. Also, Australia was victorious thanks to Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis.
Meanwhile, Kaneria stated that Pakistan’s demonstrations were unique. He’d seen how passionate they were. And the ability to win with a standard. Kaneria praised Azam for rallying the team after the loss.
“We have never seen the Pak team play with so much confidence and so well like this. In this tournament, the Pak team did not seem like their usual self. Their passion and motivation were amazing. Their fight and their eagerness to win,” Danish Kaneria said.
“The boys played well, and Babar Azam led from the front. How Babar Azam gave a pep talk to the team after the match was good. How he asked everyone to keep their chin high and not blame one another,” Kaneria said.
Moreover, Pakistan’s failure to defend 176 ended their 16-match winning streak in the UAE in the T20s. In their unbeaten run in the competition. Also, Australia extended their perfect record over Pakistan in World Cup T20. Kaneria also stood up in support of Hasan Ali. He has been chastised for missing a key catch against Australia.
“Lastly, Hasan Ali was a star of Pakistan, and he still is. People do tend to miss catches and how Shoaib Malik came to back him was commendable, and we all should back him like that. I am backing him. He is the future star of Pakistan,” Kaneria said.