One of the top-ranked batsmen, New Zealand’s Colin Munro, has termed the series against Pakistan as ‘a big challenge.’
Munro made these remarks while speaking to the media about the T20 series against Pakistan – which starts tomorrow (Wednesday) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Pakistani team, which is riding high after thrashing Australia 3-0 in ‘home’ conditions, poses a serious threat to the young-looking Kiwi squad.
“This will be a big challenge in these conditions, with a few guys coming straight out of winter and not playing a lot of cricket,” admitted Munro.
He also warned his teammates against finding excuses [due to alien conditions] and urged to perform to their best.
“There are no excuses. We have to go out there and play our brand of cricket, and hopefully, that’s good enough on the day.”
He banked on Kiwis’ ‘adaptable nature’ in all conditions and hoped the boys will adjust to the conditions in UAE and would do well.
“The guys that have been overseas having done well, so everyone’s chomping at the bit and raring to go. We’re quietly confident, even in these conditions.”
Munro, who missed the series-decider T20 against Pakistan earlier this year, has been in and out of the T20 squad.
However, his time abroad has been advantageous for regaining his lost form. In his last two stints with international T20 franchises, Munro has propelled his team to victory.
Munro’s Sizzling Form
In August/September this year, the hard-hitting batsman powered Trinbago Knight Riders to the title in the Caribbean T20 League. He averaged above 50 throughout the tournament with a strike rate of 140.34.
The 4th ranked T20 batsman then propelled Balkh Legends to victory in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League last week.
He is hopeful that he can carry his sizzling form, that paved the way for an international return, into the series against Pakistan.
The two sides are scheduled to play three T20s on October 31, November 2 and November 4, respectively.
The series holds significance for Kiwis because the last time they played Pakistan at home turf, Green Shirts thrashed them in a last-ball thriller to win the series and snatched the top spot in ICC T20I rankings.
Via: News Hub