Babar Azam shouldn’t open the innings in T20Is, feels Steve Harmison
Pakistan would be determined to bring in an all-around display in the third T20I on Tuesday.
Updated - Jul 19, 2021 9:34 pm
Pakistan was completely outplayed by England in the ODI series and this brought them under the scanner. However, the team was able to change a bit of their fortune in the T20Is as they registered a win in the first game. As expected the hosts bounced back to level the series 1-1. Babar Azam had produced a splendid knock in the first T20I, but the Former England pacer Steve Harmison opined that Babar Azam shouldn’t open the innings in T20Is.
The T20 format is all about getting in the grind from the first ball itself. One cannot wait for the storm to pass and have to consistently let the runs flow. In these situations, a lot of responsibility comes on the shoulders of the best batter in the team. Thus, Harmison feels that Fakhar Zaman should open the innings for Pakistan in place of Babar Azam. According to him, it will help Pakistan to manage its team balance well.
“Fakhar Zaman going in at number one, alongside Mohammad Rizwan, and Babar Azam at number three. I think that would be a better balance for me if I was a Pakistan fan because I’m not going to lose my best batsman in the first couple of overs to an absolute beauty in English conditions or any conditions where the ball is moving. He gets 18 overs to bat especially when you haven’t got the depth [in the batting order],” said Harmison on his official YouTube channel.
Pakistan would be keen to deliver in the final T20I
In the first T20I, the flying start by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan guided the team to post a massive target on the board. Babar Azam played a belligerent knock of 85 in the match and it seemed that he has got back to his rhythm. A strong England side clinched victory in the second game and thus the series stays alive.
The Men in Green, who were brought under scrutiny for their performances in the ODI, have an opportunity to show their strength and secure a win in the decider. The Babar Azam-led Pakistan side would be determined to bring in an all-around display in the third T20I on Tuesday, July 20 to win the series.