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Skipper Babar Azam needs Pakistan to play ‘fearless’, ‘aggressive’ cricket towards South Africa

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  • I would like gamers to provide 100% with out concern of any penalties, says Babar Azam
  • Skipper Azam stresses want to attain regardless of fast fall of wickets
  • Azam additionally talks about his early days in interview with Ramiz Raja

KARACHI: Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam on Saturday made it clear that he expects his aspect to play “fearless” and “aggressive” cricket forward of the two-match Take a look at collection towards South Africa.

Talking to Ramiz Raja by way of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) digital platform, the 26-year-old batsman stated that he needs gamers to provide 100% on the bottom with out concern of any penalties.

“I want the team to play positive but aggressive and fearless cricket, especially in white-ball cricket if we want to challenge top teams,” he stated.

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“Usually we stop scoring runs if we lose one or two quick wickets and this is where I want the team’s mindset to change — even if you’ve lost two quick wickets, you must continue to add numbers to the scoreboard,” the skipper added.

Babar stated that Micky Arthur had all the time backed him and that help from the previous coach helped him achieve confidence.

“I was struggling, especially with red-ball cricket but Mickey supported me and kept backing me, which gave me confidence. It also made me realise how important it is for a player to be backed by team management when he’s struggling,” the Pakistan captain stated.

Backing gamers

“I am going to apply the same. I will support my players,” he stated.

Babar stated that being a captain, he all the time tries to take accountability as an alternative of escaping blame and all the time goals to guide from the entrance.

The highest batsman, nonetheless, added that when he’s in center order with the bat, he tries to give attention to the sport simply as a batsman and doesn’t assume a lot concerning the captain’s function.

He additionally made it clear to his cricket buddies that they shouldn’t count on any out-of-the-way help from him.

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“When you’re in the ground, you’re there for Pakistan and Pakistan should come first, [we are not] friends there. All your relations with individuals should be kept out of the ground,” he stated.

Azam stated that to be a top-quality aspect, it is necessary for Pakistan to be aggressive and beat high groups on their residence soil.

“We need to be good enough against top-quality sides if we want ourselves to be considered as a topside and for that, we need to win series against top teams,” the Pakistan captain stated.

Early days

Recalling his early days, Azam stated that he all the time appreciated South Africa’s AB de Villiers and discovered varied photographs by watching his movies.

“When I got the opportunity to meet AB de Villiers, it was a fan moment for me. I met him as a fan and asked him different questions about his batting,” Babar stated.

Talking additional, Babar stated that he all the time wished to play cricket and was captivated with batting. He would stroll from his residence to a cricket floor each day to do nets from morning to night to get himself prepared.

“When I first told my family that I want to play club cricket, they shunned me, but later my father took me to a club. My first year was miserable but I didn’t lose hope, kept on working hard and became a top scorer the next year and since then I haven’t looked back,” he stated.

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