Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, popularly known as Professor, has given great advice to the opening pair of Pakistan cricket team’s T20 format captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022. Hafeez has told what aspect of the batting this successful opening pair needs to improve.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan need to show the spirit to score big
Hafeez has said that the duo of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan need to show the zeal to score big scores. While discussing with the media before the start of the seven-match T20 series between Pakistan and England, Hafeez said, I have said this thing earlier also that the pair of Babar and Rizwan is number one for Pakistan. The pair of these two have contributed in winning Pakistan and making Pakistani cricket bigger. But there is one aspect where this pairing can work is the intent.
Doing so will have more impact on the match
Hafeez further said, I mean with passion, you enter the field with the intention of making a big score. You may be less consistent and less successful in trying to score big but it will have more impact on the match.
Pakistan’s middle order was under constant pressure in the Asia Cup. In the final, he had to lose the title due to the middle order not working. There has been no major change in the middle order batting in the team selected for the T20 World Cup. Pakistani cricket pundits are considering this as a big weakness on Australian soil.
Slow batting in the beginning increases the pressure on the middle order
Hafeez said in the end, how is it possible that you play the entire 6 overs of the powerplay and your score can only reach 60-65 in 10 overs. When this happens, there is pressure on the batsmen to score runs at an average of 12 runs in the middle overs and they have to go out of their range to reach big scores. This seems completely wrong to me.