Rohan Gavaskar feels that Babar Azam is “not a one-dimensional participant”.© AFP
Former India cricketer Rohan Gavaskar got here out in assist of Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who has been underneath the scanner for his low strike-rate within the shortest format of the sport. Regardless of persistently scoring runs, Babar’s type has deteriorated for the reason that begin of the Asia Cup final month. Although he did rating a century within the ongoing T20I collection in opposition to Pakistan at house, his type normally has not impressed the critics. Nevertheless, Gavaskar feels that Babar is “not a one-dimensional participant”, labelling the 27-year-old as a high quality participant.
“To name him a one-dimensional participant is somewhat harsh as a result of he’s a quality-quality participant. And if something, the numbers counsel that he’s not one-dimensional. The truth that he can change gears and also you take a look at his numbers from the primary innings to the second innings. Within the first innings, his strike fee is about 125, second innings his strike fee is about 137 which exhibits that he has the flexibility to alter gears. I feel it’s a psychological mindset with Babar. Concern of failure. And once I say concern of failure, I do not imply concern of failure as a batter,” Gavaskar stated on SPORTS18’s day by day sports activities information present ‘SPORTS OVER THE TOP’.
Babar has struggled to get going when Pakistan bat first, however his strike-rate improves massively when his group is chasing a complete.
Whereas declaring the identical, Gavaskar additional advised that Babar takes additional strain to remain until the tip of the match, which performs an enormous position in his total strike fee.
“I could possibly be unsuitable right here; he feels that the Pakistan group revolves round his batting. So, when he’s batting first, he feels that he is obtained to remain lengthy as a result of if he fails the group would possibly fail and that may typically shackle a participant. And that is what occurs to him when they’re batting first. When they’re batting second, when the goal is in entrance of him, he’s simply phenomenal as a result of he is aware of how he must tempo his innings. He is aware of at what strike fee he must go and the way he must kind of chase that concentrate on down. When he has obtained that concentrate on in entrance of him, he’s simply phenomenal. So, for me to name him a one-dimensional participant, it’s a little harsh. However I feel typically it is simply the psychological mindset which he might have to alter when they’re batting first,” he added.
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