Pakistan defied all expectations to defeat Bangladesh by five wickets and go to the T20 World Cup semifinals. The Netherlands’ stunning victory over South Africa gave Pakistan new life.
Matthew Hayden with his never die attitude gave a fiery dressing room speech to boost the Pakistan team players.
“If not for Dutch, perhaps, well not perhaps, we’re not here. Now we’re here and it’s powerful because no one wants to see us here and that’s the element of surprise that we have got the advantage of,” batting coach Matthew Hayden can be heard saying to Pakistan players.
“There was that kind of thinking that potentially it was going to be a different result but the moment that Pakistan cricket fires off with intent and starts to reveal its teeth, they become a real threat. There will be no one in this world, in this competition that would want to face us right now, not one. They thought that they got rid of us. Now, they’re not going to get rid of us,” Hayden said.
Earlier Babar Azam captain of Pakistan Cricket also helped his teammates with a motivational speech
“We had belief. We got some light and we played to ensure we got into semis today. We were excited and nervous but it did not affect our performance. Whatever happens, we have to give 100% effort. The type of performance we have put in the last 2 games, we have to continue that form only. Whatever is the task in hand of a particular person, he should finish it,” Babar said in a video shared by Pakistan Cricket’s Twitter handle.