Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam who was the hero against New Zealand has said that his team has the belief they can win their remaining games to complete a dramatic turnaround and reach the World Cup semi-finals.
The 24-year-old hit a match-winning unbeaten 101 to anchor Pakistan’s reply to New Zealand’s score of 237 for six at Edgbaston.
“Belief has been the key,” said Babar, who reached his 10th one-day international hundred off 124 balls with 11 fours, following the match. “We have the belief that we will win our next two games and then look ahead.”
Babar, 24, said even when the team were struggling earlier in the tournament, they were confident they could turn their fortunes around.
“We were not winning matches but we talked to each other and had the belief that we could do it and now our focus is on the next game,” he said.
Babar said his role had been to bat until the end of the innings.
“I was given a role to bat until the end and others bat around me and that worked well as (Mohammad) Hafeez and then Haris (Sohail) batted well to establish partnerships,” said Babar.
He said his target is to become the best batsman in the world.
“I can say that this is one of my best knocks because the aim is to be the best batsman in the world,” said Babar, who is already the top-rated batsman in the world in Twenty20 cricket.
According to the International Cricket Council, Babar Azam is now among the top batsmen — aged 24 or under — who scored the most runs in Cricket World Cup.