In the 2023 World Cup match against the Netherlands on October 6th, the crowd in Hyderabad showed immense affection for Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam. Pakistan began their World Cup journey with an impressive 81-run victory. They batted first, scoring 286 runs before getting all-out in 49 overs. The Netherlands put up a fight initially but eventually succumbed to Pakistan’s quality bowling, managing only 205 runs in 41 overs.
Unfortunately, Babar Azam didn’t perform well in the batting department, scoring only five runs. On the bright side, Saud Shakeel made an impactful World Cup debut, scoring an aggressive half-century and rightfully earning the Player of the Match award.
During Pakistan’s fielding in the second innings, in the 36th over, the fans in Hyderabad loudly cheered for Babar Azam, and he acknowledged their affectionate gesture.
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Hyderabad ❤️ pic.twitter.com/alXrpL7Ykw— PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) October 6, 2023
After the match against the Netherlands concluded, Babar Azam expressed his gratitude for the tremendous support from the Hyderabad crowd and also thanked the city for its warm hospitality since their arrival in India.
Babar Exclusively says: “The way Hyderabad supported us, we are very happy. Pleased with the hospitality here,”
“Pretty satisfied, all credit to bowlers, we started well, we took wickets in the middle overs and put pressure on them. We lost three wickets early, and the way Rizwan and Saud Shakeel began gave us a lot of momentum. The partnership shifted on the Netherlands. Saud has improved a lot in Test cricket, and in One Dayers as well.”
“Our bowlers did very well in the first 10 overs. We stuck to our plans, Haris stuck to his lengths and picked up wickets.”
Next, Pakistan’s upcoming match will be against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, October 10, at the identical location.