Babar Azam, Pakistan’s newly named Test captain and one of the country’s modern greats, has struggled with the bat since taking charge, which has frustrated former legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
Azam has had a couple of low scores in the Test series against Zimbabwe, and Akhtar has offered his explanation for the star Pakistani batsman’s poor form.
In the first innings of the first Test in Harare, Azam was dismissed for a golden duck by Donald Tiripano, before being dismissed for 2 by Blessing Muzarabani in the second Test at the same venue.
During the T20I series, Azam was in excellent form, scoring 95 runs in three innings, including a fifty, but he was unable to repeat his success.
Since taking over the captaincy of Pakistan, he has seen his Test fortunes dwindle. Azam has just 124 runs in six innings in four matches at the helm, with an average of 20.66 and one fifty.
The long wait in the dressing room to go out to bat, according to Akhtar, may have contributed to Azam’s poor form.
Imran Butt and Abid Ali, Pakistan’s openers, put on a century stand in the series opener, with Butt reuniting with number three Azhar Ali for a fifty-run partnership. As a result, Azam had to wait until the 65th over to get his shot at the crease.
The Pakistan captain was supposed to score heavily in the Test series against Zimbabwe, but he failed to do so, according to Akhtar. He, on the other hand, did not doubt that Azam was giving it his all to represent Pakistan.
“During this series, Babar should have scored at least 300-400 runs. It happens that you can’t score runs sometimes, but I’m sure Babar is giving it his all. We have high expectations of him, so we must remain optimistic,” added Akhtar.