Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Babar Azam showed disappointment at missing his maiden hundred on the third day of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Babar fell for 99 as Pakistan took control of the Test after scoring 400-9 declared in their second innings. They then had Australia 47-1 at the close after setting them a target of 538.
“Yes, it is very disappointing, to miss a 100. That hurts. It’s part of the game though. I am very disappointed. But such things happen and more occasions will come to score a hundred,” he said.
Babar hit five boundaries and three sixes and added 133 for the sixth wicket with Sarfraz Ahmed who made 81.
Babar, whose previous best was 90 not out against New Zealand at Hamilton in 2016, said it was tough to bat.
“It wasn’t so easy to play on that pitch because there was plenty of turn. Needed to take a bit of time and then started to play the game according to how I play. The partnership with Saifi [Sarfraz Ahmed] was important,” he added.
He said both his 90 not out and 99 were in different conditions.
“Both innings were different, one was on a seaming wicket, this was a turning one,” he told.
He accepted that it was tough to play in these hot conditions, but they cannot make any excuse.
“We’ve been here 1.5 months. Home series are in Dubai. We know the conditions here. It’s hot but we are professionals, we give our 100%,” he stated.
Babar sounded confident that he will get his maiden Test ton in the next series, he does not want to think much about the missed chance.
“Missed it today. But hopefully, in the next series I want to change that. I haven’t changed anything. Still playing as I do in Tests but am just a little positive, a bit more positive. If I’m going for a shot, then I’ve just resolved to go for it and not think too much about it.”
The talented batsman said that sometimes his plans do not work and he could not execute his strategy effectively against Nathan Lyon.
“No problem for Tests. It’s just that some decisions go against me, sometimes what I try to do I can’t do. There was no pressure after that first innings. Our plan was that if Nathan Lyon bowled with mid-off and mid-on up, we would take a chance on that. Maybe I went too early, I should’ve gotten more set and that would’ve been better,” he told.
Babar said he does not have any problem with different numbers to bat on in Tests and limited over matches.
“No problems (from playing in different positions in diff formats). Whatever role the team gives me, I try and fulfil that, I don’t think about what my number is, and how to bat there, I just have to go and perform.”