England batsman Tom Banton has revealed that Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali has helped him a lot in his game. Banton played with Azhar for English County side Somerset and noted that the veteran Pakistan batsman has become a good friend and someone who he stays in touch with him on a regular basis.
Banton is currently in Pakistan as he is representing the Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The Zalmi will kick off their campaign against the Karachi Kings in Karachi on Friday.
Ever since his explosive batting for Somerset in the T20 Blast, Banton not only earned a national call-up for the T20I series against New Zealand, but he has also been the flavour of T20 leagues around the world.
Tom Banton Credits Azhar Ali For His Improved Batting:
“I must also mention another brilliant Pakistan player that I had the pleasure to play with at Somerset, Azhar Ali, who is also a good friend of mine now and someone I stay in touch with on a regular basis,” Banton told Sky Sports.
Banton reflected how Ali has made a giant contribution in his cricketing skills over the years and made him a better batsman.
He added, “Like Babar, he has helped me a lot in my game and also been great for the club and everyone there. Despite being such an experienced international cricketer, he was always ready to help out and would throw balls at anyone for hours if needed.”
Banton also praised Babar Azam for helping him maintain his cool head during the high-intensity games and subsequently allowed him to focus on his batting.
“Babar is a very calm and relaxed individual. He was the ideal batting partner for me as sometimes he would tell me to calm down when I got over-eager in my stroke-play,” Banton told Sky Sports.