“Pakistan Are Slightly Ahead Of England” – Sanjay Bangar Ahead Of ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Final

Former India National Cricket Team batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said that the Pakistan National Cricket Team are “slightly ahead of England” and they will be entering the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 final as the favourites to win the championship.

The Men In Green are all set to lock horns with the Three Lions in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The high-voltage game is set to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13.

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Speaking ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 final, Sanjay Bangar said that Pakistan bowlers can win the trophy for their side. He highlighted how Pakistan have got a lethal 4-person pace attack consisting of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf. Bangar added that the Men In Green have also got two quality spinners; Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz.

“I’ll probably back Pakistan because bowlers win tournaments and that’s where Pakistan, with the kind of bowling attack that they have, I mean four quality quicks and they have the wrist spin, and if they require they also have the option of a left-arm spinner.

“I don’t think they will use that option that much, but Shadab Khan with the kind of all-round ability that he possesses, the kind of attack that they have, with the reverse swing coming into play at some point in time, we’ve already seen that. I feel that Pakistan are slightly ahead of England at this moment,” said Bangar on the ‘Game Plan’ show on Star Sports.

The interesting thing about Pakistan is the impact that Haris has brought – Tom Moody

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Former Australia National Cricket Team all-rounder Tom Moody hailed young batter Mohammad Haris for playing quickfire knocks for the Men In Green in the World Cup. Moody was also impressed with Shan Masood’s cautious batting in the marquee tournament.

“The interesting thing about Pakistan is that the impact that Haris has brought and the free spirit he’s brought to the team as a batting unit has been quite remarkable for a young player. He’s gone out there, from the get-go, and taken the game on and if anything, the rest of the team has taken strength from that freedom that he has shown.

“So, they are very versatile with the batting order and you can’t underestimate someone like Shan Masood because he’s done some heavy lifting this tournament. He’s not picked up the headlines or he’s not striking over a 150, but he’s done some really important sort of partnership building as a middle-order player,” he elaborated.

There are a lot of similarities between Pakistan’s 1992 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup-winning campaign and the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign. Moody, meanwhile, has backed Babar Azam & Co. to leave their legacy and footprint in Australia.

“That’s the beauty of history and the legacy of that team that Imran Khan has left for Pakistan. So, that’s really a chance for Babar and his team to leave their own footprint.

“It’s a different format as well than the 50 overs World Cup, so it’s time to get a 20-20 World Cup. It’s a chance for them to tread new ground and leave their own legacy and footprint in Australia.”

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