While almost everyone in World cricket these days is comparing Pakistan skipper and batting star Babar Azam with bigwigs of World cricket, former Pakistan cricketer Aamer Sohail has said that Azam has got faulty batting technique.
Babar Azam currently features in the top five of International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for batsmen in all formats with first, third and fifth position in T20Is, ODIs and Tests respectively.
However Aamer Sohail thinks that Azam has problem in trigger movement, while also urging head Pakistan coach-cum-chief selector Misbah ul Haq to fix the issue.
“There is a fault in Babar Azam’s technique related to his setup and stance. His trigger movement is slightly off, which could be because he wants to avoid getting bowled or LBW, but if he can correct that he can get into a better position and dominate the bowlers even more,” Aamer Sohail said this while talking on his official YouTube channel.
“I hope that Misbah ul Haq would have already identified this and will do what’s necessary to fix this issue as this will make Babar an even bigger threat for the opposition,” he added.
Sohail said that Azam shouldn’t entirely depend on boundaries and needs to learn the art of scoring runs through singles and doubles, incase boundaries are hard to come by.
“Inorder to become a great player, Babar needs to realize that there will come a point where he won’t be able to score runs easily,” he said. “Over 40 per cent of his runs comes through boundaries but at times he won’t be able to hit them at will. To counter that he will have to play sensibly and score runs in singles and doubles but he needs to learn this art first.”
The 53-year-old also stressed the importance of keeping a healthy dressing room environment.
“He needs to make his teammates better by inspiring them through his batting. He needs to create a good environment in the dressing room and stay away from politics” he said.