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Batsmen should have the ability to get runs under pressure: Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram
Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram. AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Former pacer Wasim Akram lashed out at the Pakistan batsmen for their below par performance in the 50-overs format. Pakistan is currently ranked no.9 in ODIs, despite topping the ranking charts in the longest version of the game.

It is been quite some time since they have won an ODI match against any top side in the recent past. In the ongoing ODI series against England, Pakistan is trailing the 5-match ODI series 2-0. It was not just that the Pakistan lost the match that hurts the fans, but it was the way they lost is what worries the most, without even offering a good fight.

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Speaking to a local channel, the legendary left-arm pacer said that the team’s mentality is not in terms of modern day cricket. “Our psyche is that of the 1990s,” he said. “We have to realize that a score of 260-270 just isn’t good enough. Even a 290-run target is easily achievable these days.”

Sarfraz Ahmed’s century n the second match gave something to fight for the visitors. Akram pointed out that without Sarfraz’s innings, it would have been disastrous for Pakistan. “If it hadn’t been for Sarfraz, Pakistan would have collapsed before scoring 125,” he said.

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Adaptability is one of the main qualities batsmen should possess, especially while touring overseas and he feels that it is something Pakistan should have a look at. “A batsman should have the ability to get runs under pressure,” he added.

Pakistan will take on England in the 3rd One Day International (ODI) of the series at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 30th August, which is a must win game for Pakistan side to keep the 5-match series alive.

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