Why Shoaib Akhtar lashed out at Babar Azam for beating Virat Kohli?


New Delhi: Pakistan captain Babar Azam may have beaten the ICC ODI ranking Virat Kohli, but former cricket Shoaib Akhtar has not liked Babur’s way of playing cricket.

Shoaib gave advice to Babur

Shoaib Akhtar has questioned the batting of Babar Azam. Shoaib has instructed him to learn from players like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle. Significantly, South Africa defeated Pakistan in the second ODI, after which Shoaib held Babar responsible. Shoaib questioned Babar’s slow batting. He said that Babur should pay attention to the strike rate in T20 format.

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Shoaib rained on Babur’s strike rate

Shoaib Akhtar said, ‘Our batsmen need to think whether their strike rate is right for T20. If you give 50 balls to Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, what will he do and what did Babar Azam do. Babar is a good player, but scoring 50 off 50 balls is not right. If the wickets are falling, then you should not come under pressure.

Babar became top ODI batsman

Significantly Babar Azam has become the number-1 batsman in the ICC’s latest ODI rankings (ICC ODI Rankings). In this case, he has defeated Virat Kohli, who was on top since October 2017. Kohli held the first position in the 50-over format for 1,258 days.

How did Babur get ahead of Virat?

Virat Kohli scored just 129 runs in the ODI series against England which did not include a single century. Babar Azam, on the other hand, performed well against South Africa. He scored 228 runs in 3 ODIs at an average of 76. He got the benefit of this in the ICC rankings.


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