Averaging Fifty In International Cricket Is No Joke - Tabraiz Shamsi Comes In Support Of Babar Azam

Updated - 11 Aug 2023, 05:20 PM

Babar Azam
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South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi opened up about Pakistan’s all-format skipper Babar Azam’s weakness against left-arm spinners. Tabraiz Shamsi acknowledged Babar Azam as a world-class player, emphasizing his significant achievements with the bat in international cricket.

Babar Azam recently faced challenges against Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya in the two-match series. The 28-year-old managed to score just 76 runs in three innings with an average of 25.33. Azam was dismissed by Jayasuriya in all three instances during the series.

He’s A World-Class Player – Tabraiz Shamsi

During a recent interview with a local media channel, Tabraiz Shamsi supported Babar Azam, emphasizing that he maintains a fifty-plus average in international cricket.

“Well if people are saying that he [Babar] is weak and he’s averaging fifty, I wouldn’t like to see him when he’s not weak. He’s a world-class player, it’s not a joke averaging fifty in International cricket, so I think those kind of things that people are saying it’s uncalled for,” Shamsi said.

“He’s obviously a class player and yeah at any given day any bowler can get any batsman out, and at any given day any batsman can make a hundred, so anybody that is playing at that level is very good, so I think we need to appreciate that,” he concluded.

Overall, Azam has scored 172 runs with an average of 28.7 against the Sri Lankan left-arm spinner, who has dismissed him six times in seven Test innings.

I Am Bound To Make A Mistake – Babar Azam

Earlier, Babar Azam opened up about his struggles against Prabath Jayasuriya, mentioning that he might make a mistake if he faces more deliveries from him in the match.

“If he bowls 50 overs in the entire match, then I am bound to make a mistake at some point. He is one of Sri Lanka’s best bowlers. I have indeed been dismissed by him quite a lot of times and I have worked on it as well. I also scored runs in the last innings.”

“I am only one who got out to him. But our batters played him really well and dominated him. We have won as a team. If I am struggling, then others have stepped up, which is a positive sign for me as a captain,” he said.

Babar is currently representing the Colombo Strikers in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023. The batter has scored 235 runs across five matches, with an impressive average of 47.00 and a striking rate of 143.29. He is the top run-scorer in the tournament so far.

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