Shoaib Akhtar on Thursday heaped reward on Pakistan skipper Babar Azam after he scored an excellent century in opposition to England within the second T20I and in contrast his type of chasing the large totals to former India captain Virat Kohli.
“Virat Kohli was chase master, Babar Azam has mastered that art,” mentioned Akhtar on his Youtube channel.
Babar made an unbeaten 110 in his second T20 century off 66 balls as Pakistan reached 203-0 with three balls to spare to stage the seven-match collection. Mohammad Rizwan additionally scored 88.
Babar and Rizwan charged in opposition to England with aggressive batting because the guests couldn’t maintain on to their probabilities to interrupt the stand.
“This is what Pakistan requires — the run and strike rates,” mentioned Akhtar.
Babar got here into Thursday’s recreation on the again of solely 98 runs in his earlier seven T20s that included 68 runs within the six Asia Cup matches within the United Arab Emirates and a knock of 30 within the opening recreation of the collection on Tuesday.
“Both the openers, especially Babar Azam. He showed once again, why is no 1 player of the world. When he scores quickly, he makes life easier for Rizwan. They complemented each other,” added Akhtar.
Babar and Rizwan held the earlier file of Pakistan’s 197-run, opening-wicket stand, which they made in opposition to South Africa at Centurion in 2021.
Akhter maintained the Azam and Rizwan should observe the identical template within the upcomming match in order that the center order can have some respiration area.
“Strike Rate is very important. Yes, you can’t maintained the this strike rate in every match, but make sure that you leave the middle order some space so that they don’t have to chase with require run rate going above 13,” mentioned Akhtar.