‘Fearless, aggressive’ cricket: Babar Azam on Pakistan’s technique

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Pakistani skipper Babar Azam. — AFP/FileKARACHI: Pakistani skipper Babar Azam on Saturday stated that he expects his facet to play “fearless” and “aggressive” cricket.Speaking to Ramiz Raja through 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 fear 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.“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 at all times backed him and that help from the previous coach helped him acquire 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 at all times tries to take accountability as a substitute of escaping blame and at all times goals to guide from the entrance.The prime batsman, nevertheless, 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 in regards to the captain’s function.He additionally made it clear to his cricket associates that they shouldn’t count on any out-of-the-way help from him.“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 facet, it is vital for Pakistan to be aggressive and beat prime groups on their home 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 daysRecalling his early days, Azam stated that he at all times appreciated South Africa’s AB de Villiers and discovered numerous pictures 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.Speaking additional, Babar stated that he at all times wished to play cricket and was obsessed with batting. He would stroll from his home 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.