Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has said that the role of leadership will be crucial during the T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday. Hayden, who is working as a batting consultant with the Pakistan team, said that the margin of error will be very less in this big match, so the role of leadership will be important in the outcome of the match. Hayden cited the example of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Eoin Morgan, who led their respective Indian Premier League franchises with success even though their individual performances were not up to the mark.
Talking to the media, Hayden said, ‘His individual performance was not as good as his past figures suggest but the way he led his players and molded himself, it was important for his teams to reach the IPL final in UAE conditions. played the part. I think leadership will be important in the upcoming matches because in UAE conditions, the scope for error will be very less and things will not be easy there. Hayden said that Pakistan captain Babar Azam will have to play a role in this match as captain and top batsman. “There will be extra pressure on him as captain and as a batsman because he will be targeted and everyone will try to dominate him. Babar will have to play his role of batsman and captain.
Hayden, who has been a close watcher of Indian cricket for the past few years, believes that the biggest threats to Pakistan will be Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant. “I have seen Lokesh Rahul making progress and he will be a big threat to Pakistan. I have seen them progress from the beginning. I have seen his struggle and his dominance in the shorter formats. I have also seen Rishabh Pant, how he destroys the bowling attack because he has got the opportunity and he sees things that way.