IND vs PAK: Babar Azam is playing exceptional cricket as player, captain, says Pakistan batting coach ahead of Asia Cup 2022

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IND vs PAK: Babar Azam is playing exceptional cricket as player, captain, says Pakistan batting coach ahead of Asia Cup 2022
IND vs PAK: Babar Azam is playing exceptional cricket as player, captain, says Pakistan batting coach ahead of Asia Cup 2022

IND vs PAK: Babar Azam is playing exceptional cricket as player, captain, says Pakistan batting coach ahead of Asia Cup 2022

IND vs PAK: Pakistan cricket batting coach Mohammed Yousuf said on Thursday that star batter Babar Azam is now playing outstanding cricket as both a player and captain of his team.

Azam was in excellent shape in 2022. While he is ranked third in the Test rankings, he is the top hitter in the world in ODI and T20I forms. Azam has played 15 games in all formats this year, totaling 1,406 runs in 19 innings at an average of 78.11. His highest total score is 196. His willow has produced five centuries and 10 half-centuries this year.

“Babar Azam has been showing everyone for the past two-three years that he is a big player and performs even better in pressure situations. A player becomes big when he performs well under pressure. He is on a path towards becoming great in the game. The way he is batting in all formats, that too with the responsibility of captaincy, is an achievement. Even the team responds to him well. As a player and as a captain, he is playing exceptional cricket,” said Yousuf at a press conference.

IND vs PAK: Babar Azam is playing exceptional cricket, says Mohd Yousuf
IND vs PAK: Babar Azam is playing exceptional cricket, says Mohd Yousuf

The batting coach stated that his team is focused on winning the Asia Cup. Rather than just the tense encounter against Pakistan that is coming up.

On August 28, India will play a pivotal match against Pakistan to kick off its campaign.

Yousuf claimed that the Pakistani players’ practise session was excellent and that they worked arduously despite the heat.

“It is hot and humid. But they are professionals. They practiced really hard. Of course, they are humans, they will feel heat and weakness. But they are enjoying it,” he added.

The Asian Cricket Council’s marquee event returns after a four-year interval with the 2022 edition of the Men’s Asia Cup. Being played at two locations with the T20 format. Sharjah Cricket Stadium will hold four games beginning on August 27 and running through September 11. While Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host nine games, including the championship.

Defending champions India has won the award seven times, making them the most successful team overall. This year’s tournament will use the T20 format, as opposed to the ODI format that used for the previous one.

Squads

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.