Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq pointed out that current team leader Babar Azam has not scored a Test hundred for a long time.
Babar scored 193 from four innings in the recently concluded Test series against West Indies, he scored two half-centuries with his highest score being 75. The last time the Pakistan star batsman scored a Test hundred was against Bangladesh in February 2020 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
I do not like Babar Azam getting out in the 70s or 80s: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam said he is not fond of watching Babar get out between the scores of 70-80 and urged him to play the big knocks to influence his team.
“I have seen for a long time that Babar Azam hasn’t scored a (Test) hundred. He is the type of player that we like to see regularly score run and hundreds. He should be doing that because he is at his peak right now. I do not like Babar getting out in ’70s or ’80s. He has to play the big knocks and be the role model for the batsmen in the side. This is very important,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
Credits to Fawad Alam for playing big knocks: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Fawad Alam scored an unbeaten 124 in the second Test at Sabina Park and earned plaudits from the cricket fraternity for his incredible knock and Inzamam also credited Fawad’s grit and asked players like Babar and Mohammad Rizwan to follow the left-handed batter.
“[Mohammad] Rizwan has been performing well and should also be playing big knocks. 20’s and 30’s don’t help you against big sides. I give credit to Fawad Alam who plays big knocks once he gets settled. He takes it to at least three figures which is a very good thing. Other batsmen should also follow suit,” Inzamam said.
Pakistan won the second Test by 109 runs and they leveled the two-match Test series 1-1. Pakistan are currently second on the ICC World Test Championship 2021/23 points table with 12 points behind arch-rivals India, who are leading with 14 points.