Jonathan Trott in Afghanistan dressing room© Instagram
Afghanistan’s sumptuous Cricket World Cup 2023 triumph against Pakistan on Monday went down in history as one of the team’s finest in the sport. Having not beaten Pakistan in 7 ODIs before, the Afghans outplayed Babar Azam‘s men in Chennai to send shockwaves around the cricketing spectrum. As the entire team celebrated this monumental victory, head coach Jonathan Trott gave a rousing dressing room speech, lauding his players for what they managed to pull off on the field.
“There’s a lot of emotions, a lot of passion. That’s great. Let’s just make sure we enjoy tonight. Make sure we look after each other. Let’s make sure we enjoy this. Let’s take the confidence from this. Enjoy tonight. I think Nabi. 10 of us for 31. Well, done. Noor, first World Cup game three wickets, well done,” Jonathan Trott said in a video shared on Instagram.
For Afghanistan, Noor Ahmed spun web around Pakistan batters, bagging 3 wickets in his maiden World Cup game. With the bat, it was Ibrahim Zadran who top-scored with a knock of 87 runs off 113 balls. Ramat Shah (77), Rahmataullah Gurbaz (65) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (48) also played important roles in the chase of 284 runs.
“Our batters, I thought the way that we started, Ibrahim and Gurbaz I thought that was outstanding. That’s world-class batting. You guys played cricket shots. That’s what we’ve got. We’ve got a lot of talent. If we just apply ourselves in the way that Rahmat and the skipper played.
“Yeah. there are things to work on. And if we can get those sorts of little things right, that will help us win games like this more often and more consistently. But let’s make sure we take this confidence and this belief in this change room now and the happiness and we apply to every time we train and every match we play from here on it. Very excited for you boys. I’m very happy, very excited. Very proud,” Trott further said in the video.
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