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Babar takes one for Team: Shifting gears for Pakistan’s T20 success

Babar takes one for Team: Shifting gears for Pakistan’s T20 success

Former Pakistan skipper currently leads Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL, nearing a record for fastest player to 10,000 T20 runs.

Former director of cricket Mohammad Hafeez has shed light on a key decision that reshaped Pakistan‘s T20 batting order: convincing star batsman Babar Azam to move from the opening slot to number 3.

The opening pair of Babar and Mohammad Rizwan had been a dominant force for Pakistan, but the team management sought to integrate young talent like Saim Ayub. This meant a crucial shift for Babar.

Hafeez’s Persuasive Pitch:

Mohammad Hafeez, in a candid interview, revealed it took him two months to convince Babar Azam: “You’re not the first one to do it. You’re a great player, but think about developing the whole team. You and Rizwan are excellent, but you’re not the whole team.”

He emphasized the need for a balanced team and highlighted Babar’s experience at number 3 in ODIs.

Babar Azam delivers

Despite the change, Babar Azam brilliance shone through. He started with three consecutive fifties against New Zealand, amassing 213 runs at a healthy average and strike rate.

Mixed Results, Continued Impact:

Though Pakistan Cricket Team lost the series, Babar Azam contribution showcased the effectiveness of the move. He currently leads Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL, nearing a record for fastest player to 10,000 T20 runs.

Mohammad Hafeez Moves on

Mohammad Hafeez, who parted ways with the PCB after the World Cup miss, played a crucial role in a tactical shift within Pakistan Cricket Team. His decision continues to impact Pakistan‘s T20 approach, demonstrating the importance of team-oriented strategies even for star players.

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