Pakistan head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq has been impressed by Babar Azam’s batting performance of late, as displayed in recent months. Babar Azam recently climbed to the top of the ODI batsmen rankings, ending Virat Kohli’s stay at the summit of approximately 36 runs. But Misbah-Ul-Haq wants the Pakistan skipper to lift his performance as captain too.
While Babar Azam’s role had been instrumental in Pakistan’s white-ball series victory against South Africa, he endured a poor Test series against Zimbabwe. After overcoming Zimbabwe in the three-much T20 rubber in which the visiting captain performed decently, Babar managed only two runs in as many Tests and innings. But the tourists recorded two innings victories to win it convincingly.
Misbah-Ul-Haq believes that captaincy is a skill in which people gets better with time and as skippers face situations, they improve. The 46-year old opines that Babar Azam possesses an excellent cricketing sense across formats and has to prove the same in captaincy too. And Misbah remains confident; he would do so.
“Captaincy is something that gets better with time. The more you face certain situations, the better you will be at it. Babar has a great cricketing sense, he has proved that in all formats with the bat already. He has to prove that now in his captaincy too. Hopefully, he’ll do well in the future too,” Misbah said as quoted by India Today.
Encouraging signs for Pakistan cricket: Misbah-Ul-Haq
Misbah-Ul-Haq was pleased with Pakistan’s performance against Zimbabwe in the two Tests and revealed that their opening partnership troubles were rectified. The former national team skipper also admired Fawad Alam’s gritty hundred in the first Test and believes these are encouraging signs for them.
“The performance in the Tests against Zimbabwe was also appreciable. There were some areas of concern and those were rectified – especially the openers. Fawad Alam also did really well. Encouraging signs for Pakistan cricket,” he added.