Days before India-Pakistan T20 World Cup match, former Australian opener and Pakistan team’s batting consultant Matthew Hayden on Thursday said that leadership will be the key in a much-anticipated clash in dogfight conditions in Dubai on Sunday. The margin for error will be very little in the match so leadership will be the key to the outcome, he predicted.
Citing the examples of MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan, who led their respective IPL franchises with success when their own individual performances were not at expected levels, he said their individual performances were not as good as they statistically have but the way they led their teams in the IPL 2021 in the UAE conditions is commendable.
The Pakistan batting consultant said skipper Babar Azam had a big role to play in the match as a leader and a premium batter. There will be additional pressure on him as captain and batsman because he will be targeted and everyone will be wanting to, like they say, put him in their pocket, he said.
The Australian opener said Pakistan have some wonderful assets Babar, Rizwan and Fakhar that will perform on the given day. Indian opener KL Rahul and wicket keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could pose the biggest threat to Pakistan in the much awaited India-Pakistan match on October 24, he said.
For an Australian obviously the Ashes and matches against England are tops but nothing matches the India-Pakistan rivalry, he said.
Asked about his short-term role as a batting consultant with the Pakistan team, Hayden said his main purpose was to bring calmness and control.