Pakistan captain Babar Azam had a good time with the bat in the three-match ODI series against the Netherlands. But the star batter found himself trending on social media for a completely different reason. During the post-match conference, he mistakenly labeled the Netherlands bowlers as Scotland bowlers. The Pakistan skipper scored a brilliant 91 in the third ODI in challenging conditions that helped his team reach a decent score as wickets kept tumbling around him.
Pakistan were all out for 206 runs after choosing to bat first and it looked like the Netherlands could well register a historic victory against the Men in Green. However, Naseem Shah and Mohammad Wasim Jr had other plans as they picked up nine wickets between them and shattered the dreams of the Dutch side, winning the match by nine runs.
Azam mentioned that Pakistan had to try out their bench strength, having secured the series already, and also mentioned that the pace of the wicket was quite slow. During the interview, he referred to the Netherlands bowlers as Scotland bowlers while praising them but was also delighted with his team’s performances. He hailed Naseem Shah, Wasim Jr, and Dahani for putting up a strong performance with the ball.
“We tried our bench strength. Early on, the ball wasn’t coming on well. We were short in the first innings. But credit to the Scotland bowlers who bowled very well,” Azam told in the post-match conference.
“We are happy as a team. All credit to boys. They bowled very well in the second innings. He’s (Naseem) bowling very well with the new ball and in the death overs. Wasim also bowling well. And Dahani,” he added
Pakistan will next be up against the Indian side in the Asia Cup 2022 Group A fixture on August 28 at the Dubai International stadium and it is expected to be a mouth-watering contest given the history between the two nations. Pakistan have received a major blow as star pacer Shaheen Afridi has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury. Afridi was the star of the show in Pakistan’s last year’s win over India during the 20-20 world cup in Australia.