Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has dubbed Pakistan as a formidable unit in the T20 World Cup after their remarkable performance in Tuesday’s thriller against New Zealand.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel, the cricket commentator noted that Babar Azam and co. were proving to be real threats for the rest of the team.
"This team is looking as good as gold. In the first match, it was Shaheen Shah Afridi with the ball, and with the bat, it was Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. When the second match came in Sharjah against New Zealand - Haris Rauf comes with the ball, Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik with the bat,” he said.
He went on to say that Pakistan will qualify for the semi-finals with ease.
"Of course, Rizwan also contributed but the truth is that Pakistan has won two out of two encounters, they have got six different heroes in two encounters. They have defeated New Zealand and India, it means a semi-final spot is confirmed even if they play to 80% of their potential,” he added.
"Harif Rauf was absolutely sensational, the way he bowled on a pitch that did not have that much help for the fast bowlers. The ball is hitting the bat at pace, 145 clicks. Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi also bowl fast. Pakistan's pace-bowling factory is back on track,” he said.
"When the team was stuck Shoaib Malik came and said that the price of almonds does not fall because of new peanuts coming into the market. Asif Ali was there along with him, Asif's hitting was actually the game-changing moment,” he added.