Shahid Afridi and Babar Azam
Shahid Afridi and Babar Azam. (Picture Supply: Getty Photos)

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi closely criticized present captain Babar Azam’s sport technique and mentioned that he wanted to rise above his traditional way of thinking. Afridi believes Babar ought to suppose massive whereas planning of setting targets for the opponents. Pakistan is at the moment enjoying towards New Zealand and Bangladesh in a T20 Tri-series in Christchurch.

The 42-year-old Afridi made his remarks in response to Babar’s feedback made previous to Pakistan’s sport towards Bangladesh within the tri-series. Azam had beforehand acknowledged that he was contemplating giving Bangladesh a goal of 160 runs to achieve. The veteran all-rounder questioned Babar’s lofty aims and suggested him to get off this odd mindset.

“Babar should come out of this common mindset and suppose massive. If scoring 160 runs for the goal towards Bangladesh was his massive intent, then what’s he going to do towards stronger groups,” mentioned Afridi.

Rizwan should not hearken to anybody: Afridi

As well as, Afridi analyzed the efficiency of Pakistan opener- wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan, who’s at the moment the No. 1 T20I batter as per ICC’s newest rankings. Rizwan additionally confronted quite a lot of criticism of late for his sluggish sport. Although the opener used to get massive scores, he was slammed for not being fast within the course of.

Pakistan did defeat Bangladesh within the match by 21 runs as they might solely muster 146 runs in reply to their 167. Afridi additionally addressed Mohammad Rizwan, whose strike price got here below scrutiny throughout the Asia Cup. The in-form wicket-keeper batsman was defended by Afridi, who mentioned that Rizwan ought to think about getting runs quite than listening to critics.

“The precise factor is the start. Babar and Rizwan ought to rating the chunk of runs [for other batters]. Rizwan should not hearken to anybody,” Afridi added.

The Pakistani opening pair of Rizwan and Babar has beforehand confronted backlash for not attending to staff off to quick begins, however many believed it was as a result of Pakistan’s center order was extra fragile. Pakistan has entered the finals of the tri-series and shall be dealing with the hosts New Zealand within the summit conflict.