Melbourne [Australia]: Following Pakistan’s five-wicket loss to England in the ICC T20 World Cup finals, Babar Azam said that his side fell 20 runs short and Shaheen Afridi’s injury “put them off”.
Top performances from Sam Curran and Ben Stokes powered England to their second ICC T20 World Cup title after 2010, as they defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a gripping low-scoring final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
“Congratulations to England, they deserve to be champions and fought well. We felt like home here, got great support at every venue. Thanks for your support. Yes, we lost first two games but how we came in the last four games was incredible,” said Azam.
“I just told the boys to play natural game, but we fell 20 runs short and the boys fought well with the ball. Our bowling is one of the best attacks in the world. Unfortunately, Shaheen’s injury put us off, but that is part of the game,” Azam added.
Shaheen Afridi seemingly injured his knee after picking up Harry Brook’s catch in the 13th over. He returned and tried to bowl, but could not continue. He could bowl only 2.1 overs out of his four overs.