Pakistan legend and Wasim Akram put his weight behind skipper Babar Azam for his less-than-excellent form in the ongoing T20 World Cup, drawing comparisons with his recent rough patch. Virat KohliThe loss of form before the T20 World Cup is well documented.
Asked what is going on with Babar Azam after the match against South Africa where he scored just 6 runs in 15 balls, Akram told A Sports, “It happens. This happened to one of the greatest players of all time, Virat Kohli for almost a year. He was out of touch, out of Nick. A lot of people criticized him back in India. ,
“Babar Azam is a class player, we all know. He got out trying to play a shot against South Africa. But you need a good innings, you need 20-22 runs in T20s. He couldn’t get the ball in the middle, maybe he was trying too hard. Because their game is not slogging. His game is to play cricket shots,” said the former Pakistan pacer.
Asked whether Babar is under pressure, Akram said the current Pakistan captain is under pressure to perform on his own. “He has put pressure on himself probably because of his high standards where he has scored runs independently in all three formats. As a player, you compete with yourself. But he will be fine,” concluded Akram.
In the T20 World Cup played in Sydney, Pakistan on Thursday kept the semi-final hopes alive by defeating South Africa by 33 runs in a rain-hit match by DLS method. Chasing a revised target of 142 runs in 14 overs, South Africa could manage only 108 runs for nine wickets.