Differing from his team’s batting consultant Zaheer Abbas views that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s absence was a big factor during Asia Cup and that his presence will make a big difference in World T20 for India, Pakistan T20 skipper Mohammed Hafeez said that his team can overcome any challenge.
"I respect Zaheer bhai’s statement and he has his own logic. Dhoni has been a great captain and has led the team well in the last five or six years. But if you are prepared well then you can overcome any challenge," said Haffez during the press conference.
Hafeez was also upbeat about the quality of all-rounders in his team and was of the opinion that having players Afridi and veteran Shoaib Malik would help them a lot. "We do believe that having all-rounders helps. We have all-rounders like Shoaib Malik, Afridi and Kamran Akmal, who is a wicketkeeper-batsman," Hafeez said.
Hafeez was also not bothered about the fact that they have never beaten India in World Twenty20. "History does not really bother us. Irrespective of whether it is good or bad, it is history. All days are not great days. You should be ready for the next day," the Pakistan captain said, adding that he wants Afridi to yet again put up a match-winning performance against arch-rivals on Friday.
It was on the back Afridi's whirlwind knock that Pakistan had beaten India in the Asia Cup.
"We would always want Afridi to come lower down the order and finish the game for us. It's important that he (Afridi) is in good form and frame of mind. We want him to repeat the performance of the Asia Cup match against India," skipper Hafeez said.