File photo of Babar Azam© AFP
“Being a Pakistan, I want Pakistan to win but India team is coming from a win. They also have Jadeja injured, him and Pandya won the match and promoted Jadeja. We must have to take these types of risks too. It is not mandatory that batters bat at the same number,”Akram told Cricket Pakistan.
“If five overs are remaining, Asif must come. I hope I am wrong, but Pakistan needs to get out of a losing mindset. Maybe it is because of us as we make memes on social media. One must do healthy criticism, give solutions and then move on,” he continued.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has not been able to get going in the Asia Cup so far, and he would look to put in a good performance against India in the Super 4s stage.
“Every team now does homework and if you see Babar, if he doesn’t get singles upfront, his runs don’t come. Unfortunately, he was dismissed early in the first two games. There is a saying, ‘Blessing in disguise so maybe Almighty wants him to score runs against India,” said Akram.
“Babar and Rizwan are opening the innings for last one and a half year. Fakhar was a natural opener but when Rizwan started doing well, he started playing at No.3. Changing opening pair during the tournament is not ideal,” he maintained.
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