Manchester: Babar Azam was satisfied with the team’s overall performance and said the boys learnt a lot from England tour.
Speaking to reporters via teleconference, Babar credited team management for preparing players for a tough series. “This tour wasn’t easy for us but our overall performance was good. We ended the series on a winning note and it was one of the positives for us,” said the T20I captain.
Addressing media after winning the third and last T20I, Babar said they could have won the series after playing good cricket in the first half of the second match. “We batted brilliantly in the second match but lost grip in the bowling department,” he said.
“Our bowlers bowled really well today, especially Wahab Bhai gave us the turning point in second last over by removing well-set Moeen Ali. Our plan was to play aggressively and level the series and we succeed in it,” he added.
Babar refused to had any pressure due to captaincy, said he tries to maintain the balance between both his roles. “When I come to bat, my all focus remains to score runs and as far as captaincy is concerned, I try to lead my team from the front,” he reiterated.
“All decisions I make during the game are of mine. I prefer taking suggestions from senior players and team management,” he added upon being asked.
Younis Khan as batting coach
Babar highly praised Younis Khan who served the team as batting coach during three-months long England tour. He wants the former cricketer to continue his job as full-time batting consultant.
“Younis Bhai’s presence in the dressing room helped us a lot. We tried to gain as much from as we can. I would love to see him continuing as team’s batting coach for a longer-run,” he said.
Babar was also satisfied with Test series performance as he thinks the team performed well except for a couple of sessions. “We played strongly in Test cricket. If you look at the first test, we dominated the home side on three days. Unfortunately, we lost a couple of sessions in the end which cost us the whole match,” he concluded.