Middle-order hiccups notwithstanding, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has expressed his satisfaction on winning the four-match T20I series against South Africa 3-1.
Babar Azam, on Saturday, became the first Pakistan captain to win a bilateral T20I series in the rainbow nation after his team pulled off a nervy three-wicket win in the final match.
Azam reckoned that the series has helped his team try out different combinations and he is confident that Pakistan is on track as far as their preparations for the T20 World Cup in India is concerned.
“It’s great to win both the white-ball series in South Africa and this will give us lot of confidence for the coming matches,” said Babar Azam in the post-match conference.
“The series has helped us try out different combinations and I think we are on track in our preparations for the World T20 Cup, by which time we will have our squad ready for the big event,” he added.
Babar Azam, however, admitted that it was frustrating for him to see his middle and lower-order batsmen underperform throughout the series.
The likes of Asif Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali had a poor series as they were able to unable to cash-in on the platform set by the likes of Babar and Fakhar Zaman.
In the final T20I, Pakistan slipped from 1/92 to 6/115 and it was only due to Mohammad Nawaz’s unbeaten 25 that they were able to overhaul South Africa’s total of 144.
“Yes, it is frustrating that our middle and lower-order batsmen couldn’t perform to expectations, but cricket is a team game and not everyone can perform in every match,” admitted Babar Azam.
“It is always difficult for those coming in after the top-order batsmen get out. I think we just needed one partnership to settle things, but that didn’t happen,” he said.
The Pakistan captain, however, expressed satisfaction in the overall performance of his team, adding that the more his bowlers and batsmen play in different conditions, the better they will get.
“I think as a team we did well, we supported each other and the bowlers also staged some strong comebacks in the series although we couldn’t take early wickets,” he added.
“The more you are successful against good opposition and in different conditions it helps you develop and become a better batsman.” Babar signed off.