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Shahid Afridi: Babar Azam doesn’t give the impression of being a match-winner unlike Virat Kohli, KL Rahul


Shahid Afridi: Babar Azam doesn’t give the impression of being a match-winner unlike Virat Kohli, KL Rahul


Shahid Afridi has some advice for Babar Azam. He wants Babar to stay at the crease until the end of the match. Afridi admires India’s cricketers like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for doing this. They don’t just score runs; they make sure their team wins, the former Pakistani cricketer said.

Babar Azam is a top player for Pakistan. But in this World Cup, his big scores have not led to wins. Afridi talked about this on SAMAA TV. According to him, fans expect Babar to win matches for Pakistan. But, that’s not happening.

In the ICC World Cup 2023, Babar made three 50s. But, Pakistan lost each time he crossed the 50-run mark. He scored 50 against India, 74 against Afghanistan and another 50 against South Africa. Pakistan lost all these matches.

On the other hand, Pakistan won when Babar scored fewer. He made just 5, 10 and 9 runs in the games against the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Afridi thinks Babar should turn good starts into big scores. This could help Pakistan win. Babar’s wicket was a key moment against India. His team struggled after he got out. He also got out after making a slow fifty against Afghanistan and South Africa.

‘I’m Babar’s fan’

“I’m Babar’s fan, make no mistake. We say Babar is a big player. Reaching that level is one thing and maintaining your performance once you reach that level is much more difficult. When Babar Azam walks in to bat, we should get a feeling that we will win it for us. But that feeling doesn’t come,” Afridi told SAMAA TV.

Interestingly, Babar Azam is the world’s number 1 ODI cricketer, as per ICC ranking, closely followed by Indian opener Shubman Gill. Other players in the Top 5 are Quinton de Kock, David Warner and Rohit Sharma.

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Updated: 02 Nov 2023, 02:47 PM IST


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