Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan pair in the match against India
Babar Azam is the captain of Pakistan
Pakistan’s team did not start well in the Asia Cup. In the very first match, he had to face defeat by five wickets in the hands of India. Batting first in this match, Pakistan’s team could score only 147 runs and got all out, whereas in the T20 World Cup, the opening pair of Rizwan and Babar Azam alone scored 152 runs. The pair of Rizwan and Babar may be a hit, but the former coach of the team feels that this pair should not go for the opening.
Babar-Rizwan should not open
Former coach of the team Mickey Arthur told why opening the pair of Babar-Rizwan is not the right decision for Pakistan. He said, ‘Fakhar Zaman should be sent to open so that there is a left-right combination. Due to this the bowlers will have to bowl from different angles. After this, either Rizwan or Babar came in third place so that the batting would get more depth. Take one of these anchor roles and the rest stay around it. He further said, ‘I think this is right. Fakhar plays the ball in different angles due to which the bowler gets upset.
Arthur told the weakness of Pakistan
Arthur called the middle order of the team a weakness. He said, ‘When with Pakistan, then the team was the most successful in T20. We used to try to score 160 while batting first and then it was the responsibility of the bowlers to defend that score. That was a good time for us. The difference between the team then and now is because of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. Right now the players in the middle order of the team are very young and they do not have experience. That’s why when your first two or three wickets fall, he starts struggling.
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Pakistani veterans praised the team
Despite the loss to the arch-rivals in the Asia Cup, former cricketers have praised their team. Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan said, “The players of both the teams showed a lot of respect to each other before the match so that despite the loss to India, the team did not get criticized and our team kept showing belligerence till the last over. In Karachi too, large screens were installed in place to watch the match. Former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim said, it was a great match and also very close. Even without Shaheen Shah Afridi, the Pakistani team performed brilliantly. We missed the fourth fast bowler.
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