Pakistan opening batsman Imran Nazir stated the loss within the T20 World Cup finishing towards India in 2007 in South Africa is without doubt one of the greatest regrets of cricketing career and can proceed to harm until his last breath.
MS Dhoni led India had defeated Pakistan by 5 runs in an exciting finishing at Johannesburg to win the inaugural T20 World Cup.
“Cricket wise it will remain the biggest regret of my life. It will continue to hurt till my last breath. We had a chance to create history,” Nazir stated in a Youtube appear referred to as Cricket Baaz With Waheed Khan.
Nazir, who was one of many mainstays in Pakistan’s batting line-up throughout that match in South Africa stated he ought to have single-handedly completed off that game after getting off to a flying begin.
“From a personal point of view, I can say, I should’ve won that match single-handedly for Pakistan like I had done in ISL because when a player starts middling the ball he has the confidence,” Nazir added.
Chasing 158 for victory within the finishing, Pakistan had bought off to a great begin courtesy Imran Nazir regardless of dropping opener Mohammad Hafeez within the first over.
Pakistan have been 53 for two in 5.three overs when a run out ended Nazir’s promising innings of 33 off simply 14 balls.
“I was playing really well then, unfortunately, got run out and the match slowly slipped away, it still hurts,” the dashing right-hander stated.
Nazir who made a comeback to cricket after an extended harm lay off in 2018, stated taking part in the ultimate in entrance of a giant crowd will proceed to be one of many highlights of his career.
“To reach the finals of the first-ever T20 World Cup and then the kind of crowd and atmosphere was there in the finals, these sort of things stay with you always. I knew whoever performs well that day will win. A good professional is someone who performs out of his skin for his country on such a big occasion.
“I had given a good start, had built a solid partnership but what matters, in the end, is how you finish, which we couldn’t. So all of this is part and parcel of the game. It was a great tournament,” Nazir added.
Nazir who represented Pakistan in 9 Tests, 79 ODIs and 25 T20Is earlier than an harm took him away from the sport, stated Pakistan had an higher hand over the others due to taking part in a variety of T20 cricket within the home circuit guiding into the World Cup.
“T20 is considered to be slam-bang cricket and Pakistan players had a fair idea about how to go about things compared to other countries. They took a bit of time to adjust. Our domestic competitions helped us,” Nazir stated.
India had defeated Pakistan twice within the inaugural version of the World T20 in 2007. Before the ultimate the 2 sides had met within the group levels where India emerged because the winners within the first-ever bowl out in a World Cup.