On Friday Misbah-ul-haq, Pakistan skipper has fired first salvo ahead of his squad’s quarter-final game in Adelaide. He said that Australia are favourites, but favourites do not always win. Home advantage is in favour of the 4 times World Cup title holders but Pakistan’s uncertain nature and four successive victories on the trot after a poor start to the World Cup makes them a menacing opponents.
The Pakistan skipper said that Australia are favourites but there is no written rule that favourites are always going to win the game. Actually it is which squad performs better on the day, have some luck and takes their chances, they can really defeat any side.
He said that they are hopeful and positive. He thinks they have got a bowling line-up which can go through any batting line-up.
Misbah persisted that his team were not intimidated by the big favourites and trusted that the sides that wanted to win the World Cup had to hope to face major opposition.
He was quoted saying: “When you have a goal of winning the World Cup, you have to beat any team on the way. Australia is tough in home conditions. Everyone is calling them favourites and if any other team beat them then it’s called an upset, so for us if we can do that then it’s very good for Pakistan cricket as well.”
He thinks 4 consecutive wins gives you a lot of confidence as a playing unit, the mindset is good and the momentum is with them and this is the best time to play against such a good side because Pakistan are also in a good mindset.
He added that Australia play positive cricket and if they want to be up against them, they also need to play good positive cricket.
Misbah also acccepted that losing their pace spearhead Mohammad Irfan was a big loss and he trusts that his bowlers can perform well in the game.