Pakistan’s all-format captain, Babar Azam, is gearing up to lead the national side for the limited-overs tour of South Africa, scheduled to begin on 2 April.
Although widely regarded as one of the finest batsmen in the world, he has been heavily criticized by the cricketing fraternity for his slow strike-rate and his poor power-hitting ability. Azam, never one to back down from a challenge, has stated numerous times that there is room for improvement in his batting, and he is still in a learning process. He said that he aims to become the number one batsman in all formats.
Modern-day cricket requires the batsmen to play at a high strike-rate and have the ability to hit big when required. During the national team’s training camp in Lahore, Azam worked to improve his power-hitting skills. The official YouTube channel of Pakistan Cricket uploaded a video of Azam working on his power-hitting.
Watch the video below:
The veteran all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez, recently revealed the change in his mindset to cope with the demands of modern-day cricket. He said that he trained hard in the net sessions for the past couple of years to improve his power-hitting, and his training paid dividends for the national team on the pitch. It looks like Babar has taken a leaf out of Hafeez’s book and is working hard to improve his power-hitting skills.
The national team concluded their training camp in Lahore on Wednesday and left for South Africa via a chartered flight in the early hours of Friday.