Babar Azam, who is often criticised for slow strike-rate and inability to win matches should be motivated instead as felt by overlooked Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal. Babar Azam is one of the best batsmen in the world — and is constantly compared with the likes of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, and Kane Williamson.
The top-order batter Azam has been incredibly consistent in the past few years since he averages more than 45 across the three formats, often fighting a lone battle in the Pakistan middle-order.
The 25-year-old Azam was in somewhat good form but could not perform up to expectations by winning matches in the recently-held England tour where Pakistan lost the Test series 0-1 and tied the T20 series 1-1.
Babar Azam Should Be Motivated Instead Of Criticism Feels Kamran Akmal
Although he has been consistently accumulating runs, Babar Azam has often been criticized for his slow strike-rate. He was recently the number one T20I batsmen in the world before being displaced by England’s Dawid Malan. But he is criticized for a slow strike rate of 87.09 in ODIs and 127.93 in T20Is.
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, however, defended Babar Azam, saying that critics should spend their energy motivating him rather than blaming a player like him.
“An even greater tragedy is that people have started to criticize our number one batsman, Babar Azam, saying that he isn’t scoring runs at a fast-enough rate or isn’t winning enough games.
“What is becoming of us? If we wish to improve things then instead of looking down on a player like Babar, we should spend our energy motivating him,” Kamran said in an interaction with PakPassion.net,
Babar Azam has played 29 Tests,74 ODIs and 41 T20Is where he averages 45.44, 54.18 and 49.94 respectively which is comparable to number one batsman Indian skipper Virat Kohli who averages more than 50 in each of the three formats.
Kamran Akmal Feels Team Management Must Ensure All Players Should Be Given Confidence And Looked After
Pakistan have a good bunch of experienced players in Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Azhar Ali all of whom are over 33 while newer and relatively inexperienced but promising players like Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan are below 22 years of age.
“I feel that the team management needs to make sure that all players in the squad are looked after and given confidence instead of preferring to concentrate and spend energies on a select few who are their favourites,” added the 38-year-old, who remains out of contention despite being among runs in the domestic circuit.
Kamran Akmal had played his last limited-overs matches in 2017 against the West Indies and Test in 2010, but overal have represented Pakistan in 53 Tests, 157 ODIs and 58 T20Is.
Babar Azam hit 195 runs in the three-match Test series for Pakistan while hitting 77 runs in the T20Is. A lot was expected from Babar Azam, but he wasn’t at his absolute best during the recently-concluded tour.