Lahore: Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Babar Azam is getting ready to feature in the second leg of the National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi. The 25-year-old will lead Central Punjab.
Babar, who is the only batsman to feature in the top five of all three formats, talked exclusively in the 26th podcast of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and said that a batsman should know his game and strengthen himself mentally.
“I feel a player’s talent and pedigree is gauged by his temperament and the ability to stay long at the crease which helps him make big runs,” he said.
“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,” he added.
Babar believes that his side, Central Punjab will still qualify for the semi-finals and expecting his batsmen to lead up to the expectations. CP have lost their last four matches after winning the first one.
“We had some issues with our bowling line-up in terms of quality and experience in the last season, but we are confident of overcoming those issues this season. Our batting has always been our strength and I am backing my batsmen to do well and lead us to the semi-finals stage,” he maintained.
He thinks that the upcoming Zimbabwe tour will be a perfect platform to gain momentum before the all-important New Zealand tour.
“No international side should be taken easily and we will try to put maximum effort against them. The series will also serve as practice for the tour of New Zealand later this year where the conditions are quite different,” he concluded.
It must be noted that Babar didn’t participate in the first leg of the ongoing National t20 cup as he came back from England where he represented Somerset in Vitality Blast T20.
The captain of Pakistan men’s limited overs teams, @babarazam258 features in 26th edition of PCB Podcast.
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