Srinagar, Aug 27: Despite giving decent performance in the recently concluded Test series against England, not many are happy with Pakistan rising batting star Babar Azam as everyone expected big scores from the Pakistan limited over slipper
In the five innings Babar scored 195 runs at 48.75 with two fifty plus scores. But Pakistan fans and former cricketers expected better from the cricketer who is compared with all the big guns of World cricket including Virat Kohli.
Analysing Babar Adams performance former Pakistan skipper turned cricket expert Ramiz Raja was quoted as saying by Times of India that Babar needs to learn from Virat Kohli on how to win matches.
“You see, batting wasn’t easy in England, because these were good bowling conditions. This would’ve been a great learning curve for somebody like Babar. You know that he’s got class and quality. It’s a matter of time before he converts that class into numbers. His record is upwardly mobile. What he has to learn is to curb his natural instinct which is to go hard at the ball when it is pitched up, ” Raja was quoted by Times of India.
“In England, you’ve got to be very careful and watch the ball right till the end. There, your approach has to be that you can get out any ball, and block the ball accordingly. In the sub-continent, if you reach 40, no one can get you out. In England and Australia, you’ve to respect the bowler, ball and the pitch. He needs to learn these things. He needs to make a few technical adjustments to be successful in England. This tour was a big platform for him, and I thought that by getting out on 70s and 40s, he wasted his chance, which he himself would admit. It shows that you can’t take anything for granted in England,” He said.
Raja was quoted as saying that in his next tour to England Babar will be better and will perform in much better way.
“This Pakistan batting line-up needs him to score massively. What he has to do is become a match-winner now. He needs to learn that from Kohli. And he’s got the potential. He’s only 25. I feel that with time, he’ll get better. In 1992, when we toured England, Inzamam-ul-Haq didn’t get any (big) score at all, and look at where his career ended, so it’s not that this is the end of Babar, that he was tested against the moving ball and didn’t deliver properly. Next time when he goes to England, it will be a bit like Kohli — he will be more at home playing swing and seam,” Raja was quoted as saying.