Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes Babar Azam must do extra if he needs to create a reputation and set up himself as a match-winner.
Babar scored an excellent 69 within the first innings of the Manchester Take a look at in opposition to England however was dismissed cheaply within the second innings, contributing with simply 5 as Pakistan misplaced the match by three wickets.
“Shan Masood was unfortunate however he had already performed his half. Asad Shafiq obtained run out, it’s once more his fault. However Babar Azam has to return out with one thing good, since you can not create a reputation like this. You is likely to be an excellent participant, however it’s important to set up your self as a match-winner,” Akhtar mentioned in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
Earlier, former England captain Nasser Hussain had demanded extra respect for Babar, saying the Pakistan vice-captain is a part of the highest 5 Take a look at batsmen on the earth.
“I feel it’s a actual disgrace and it’s partly a consequence of Pakistan taking part in away from house, taking part in within the UAE on a regular basis in entrance of nobody, Pakistan hiding within the shadow of Indian cricket, not going over and taking part in IPL cricket, not taking part in India,” Hussain was quoted as saying by Sky Sports activities following Babar’s 69 within the first innings.
“If this lad was Virat Kohli, everybody can be speaking about it however as a result of it’s Babar Azam, nobody is speaking about it. He averages 68 since 2018 and 55 in white-ball cricket. He is younger, he is elegant, he is obtained all of the swagger.
“They hold happening concerning the fab 4, it is the fab 5 and Babar Azam is in that,” he added.
The 2 groups will now lock horns within the second Take a look at of the three-match collection starting Thursday on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.