Pakistan captain Babar Azam is one of the best players in cricket today, however, his strike rate has always been a point of contention when one talks about the shortest form of the game. Babar is ranked 3rd in the T20I standings, however, he is often criticized for his strike rate when he comes out to hit the ball alongside Mohammad Rizwan. Earlier this month, former Pakistani pacer Aaqib Javed dug into Babar, saying that whenever his team goes up against the Karachi Kings Babar leads in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), they never try to get rid of Babar because of the speed he beats. .
Ahead of the seven-match T20I series, Babar was asked about Javed’s comments, and he went on to say that there should be no “personal attacks”, and that he didn’t pay any heed to outside gossip. .
“He may think so. Everyone has their own opinion. Everyone has their own opinion, we don’t listen to them. We don’t bring outside stories into the dressing room. Everyone has their own opinion. You can talk about everything from your point of view, but as players you have also witnessed all of these things in sport.Every player has been through it, yes too. a lot of pressure and responsibility. No personal attacks, it’s not just about me, I’m talking about the whole team. You can discuss normally, we don’t listen to what people are saying. said. It doesn’t matter,” Babar said in a press conference.
Back then, Aaqib Javed made a strong statement about Babar Azam and his strike rate in T20Is. Javed claims that in big chases, having Babar and Mohammad Rizwan can be detrimental to Pakistan as they are similar players and they tend to let the required run rate get too high. Javed, Cricket Director of Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan Super League (PSL), also said team selection for the T20 World Cup remains “in doubt”, especially raising questions about the batting composition.
Javed told Sports Paktv.
“You have an open chance, number 3, average order, lower average order… you should know your batting composition. . I don’t see anyone like that on the team. And that’s become speculation think we have to keep these two openers. Two effective openers, but where? For the under-150-160 score. They fit that,” Javed said.
“When we played against Karachi and we had a total of 180 or so, we never tried too hard or wanted too badly to knock Babar Azam out. Because he plays with his own pace and the proportions it takes. Rizwan is the same. Without a doubt, he played really well in PSL, but when these two play together, then you get two performers of the same kind,” he said. more.
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