Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Credits: Twitter)

After their tour of England, Pakistan are set to host Zimbabwe for a series of 3 ODIs and as many T20 internationals from October 30. The ODI series will be a part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and it will be played entirely in Multan while the T20I series will be played in Rawilpindi.

The focus will once again shift to Pakistan limited-overs captain Babar Azam to help his side clinch victory. Azam has shouldered the burden of scoring runs for Pakistan across format with ease. As a result, he is compared with the likes of one of the finest cricketers of the generation Virat Kohli. His success in international cricket has bore fruits for him with his board further appointing him as the captain of the limited-overs side.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam [Photo-AP]

A great player is one who can stays focused in pressure situations: Babar Azam

Azam opened up on the aspects of being a great player. He believes a great is someone who can stay focused even in pressure situations, adding, that he has worked hard on the mental aspect of his game. The top-order batsman also mentioned that he has stick to his natural game which has helped him earn success.

“A great player is one who can stays focused in pressure situations. I work hard on the mental aspect of my game as I feel mental strength is a key to success,” Azam was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on its website.

Babar Azam, Virat Kohli, Haider Ali
Babar Azam. Photo Credit: CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

“I stick to my natural game in all three formats and back myself to play my shots. Of course, at times, you need different approaches and I try to adapt according to the given situation.

“I spend a lot of time and energy on getting my preparation right before a match. Practice is the key to success and I try and ensure I tick all the boxes before heading into a match,” he said.

Azam has scored at an average of 45 in the longest format and over 50 in the limited-overs, which says a lot about his batting.