However, his journey has not been so easy. Pakistan started the tournament with two consecutive defeats. First, India defeated Pakistan by 4 wickets and gave them their first setback.
Defeat against Zimbabwe: A major setback
The second incident was more unexpected when they lost to Zimbabwe by 1 run. It was a big shock to the cricketing world as well as the Pakistan team. It was so heartbreaking that the Pakistani player was seen on his knees crying after the loss.
Babar Azam and his motivational strategy
However, Babar Azam showed the skills of a captain and gave his team much needed confidence and motivation. A lot of dressing room chats went viral where Azam was seen that we were playing well and that’s fine. Motivated by this, Pakistan defeated the then unbeaten South Africa by 33 runs to show their true abilities.
The Netherlands give them BIG help
The Netherlands did Pakistan a huge favor when they turned around for the second time in the T20 World Cup 2022. The Dutch boys defeated South Africa by 13 runs and sent a strong message that ‘anything is possible’. South Africa’s loss paved the way for Pakistan to reach the semi-finals, all they had to do was defeat Bangladesh.
The men in green did their job exceptionally well and booked their place in the semi-finals alongside arch-rivals India.
Pakistan reach the final of T20 World Cup 2022
It wasn’t easy. Indeed. But where Pakistan is there are endless possibilities. An emotionally charged Pakistan accepted the challenge against New Zealand and met it with great wit and determination.
WHAT A WIN, PAKISTAN! 🤯
— ICC (@ICC) November 9, 2022
From the start of the match, Pakistan dominated the semi-final as they dismissed many of their prominent players. Batting first, Kiwis lost the early wickets of Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway. Shaheen Shah Afridi smothered the opposition and got brilliant results for his team.
When Pakistan came to bat against New Zealand, they managed 105 runs for the opening wicket. Pakistan batsman Babar Azam finally returned to form and scored 53 runs off 42 balls, providing great support to Mohammad Rizwan.