Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq.(Photo: ICC)

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has criticised the approach of the Pakistan batters in the ongoing ODI series against England. The visitors conceded the series on Saturday after they suffered another embarassing loss to England’s second-string outfit.

It is their batting that is in shambles – they were bowled out for 141 in the first match and for 195 in the second while chasing 248.

Inzamam-ul-Haq observed that the batsmen were “trying to play T20 cricket” by not rotating the strike regularly and instead were playing big shots, which eventually brought their downfall.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Pakistan team is trying to play T20 cricket. They were going for big hits and were not rotating the strike. Pakistan played 151 dot balls and yet they didn’t bat 50 overs. Fakhar scored only 8 runs in 50 balls, so a bowler is bound to create pressure on you,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said in his YouTube video.

“Every batsman is playing four dot balls and then going for a hit. You need to rotate strike and give time to yourself in ODIs otherwise you will only score 150 or 190,” he added.

Saud Shakeel confidence and technique are very good: Inzamam-ul-Haq

Inzamam-ul-Haq was impressed by the confidence and technique and young batsman Saud Shakeel, who kept Pakistan in the hunt for a while with a well-made 56 – his maiden ODI fifty in his second ODI after making his debut in the previous game.

Saud Shakeel
Saud Shakeel. Image-Twitter

“Saud Shakeel was playing proper ODI cricket. He didn’t score at a high strike-rate but I found him confident and he scored under pressure, which is a good sign for Pakistan cricket. There are areas in which he can still improve, but his confidence and technique are very good,” the former skipper stated.

Pakistan would be looking for a consolation win in the third ODI, to be played on Tuesday in Birmingham, before the T20I series where they will meet England’s big boys who are likely to return.

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