Babar Azam plays outstanding cricket as player, captain, says Pakistan batting coach Mohammed Yousuf

Pakistan’s Babar Azam after scoring a century in the first ODI match between Pakistan and West Indies at Multan Cricket Stadium on June 8, 2022.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Babar Azam is playing exceptional cricket at the moment, said Mohammed Yousuf.
  • Azam is the world leader in pasta in ODI and T20I formats
  • Across all formats this year, Azam appeared in 15 games and scored 1,406 runs in 19 innings.
Pakistani cricket batting coach Mohammed Yousuf said on Thursday that star batting Babar Azam is currently playing outstanding cricket, both as a player and captain of his team. Azam has been in fine form in 2022. He is the world’s top hitter in ODI and T20I formats as he sits third in the Test rankings. Across all formats this year, Azam appeared in 15 games and scored 1,406 runs in 19 innings while averaging 78.11. His best individual score is 196. Five centuries and ten half-centuries have come out of his willow this year.

“Babar Azam has shown everyone over the past two or three years that he is a great player and performs even better in pressure situations. A player becomes great when he plays well under pressure. He is on his way to becoming big in the game. The way he hits in all formats, that too with the responsibility of captaining, is an achievement. Even the team responds well to him. As a player and as a as a captain, he plays exceptional cricket,” Yousuf told a press conference. conference.

Ahead of his side’s high-octane clash with Pakistan, the batting coach said the team is not only watching this particular match, but is focused on winning the Asian Cup. India will start their campaign with a big game against Pakistan on August 28. Yousuf said the Pakistani players’ training session was extremely good and the players worked hard despite the heat.
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“It’s hot and humid. But they are professionals. They have been practicing very hard. Of course they are human, they will feel hot and weak. But they are enjoying it,” he added. The Asian Cricket Council’s flagship event returns after a four-year gap with the 2022 edition of the Men’s Asian Cup. Played in T20 format, at two venues. Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host nine matches, including the final, while Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host four matches, from August 27 to September 11.

Defending champions India are also the most successful team, having lifted the trophy seven times. While the last edition of the tournament was held in the ODI format, this edition will feature the T20 format.

Here are the teams:

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC) Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.

(The article is written by ANI. Only the title has been changed.)

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