Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that Babar Azam is not performing well in Test cricket. The 26-year-old was last seen during the team’s two-match Test tour of the West Indies which concluded on Wednesday. Azam scored a vital 75 in the second Test but failed to convert it into a hundred. Inzamam said that a class batter like him should score more hundreds for the team.
Babar has not quite lived up to the expectations in Test cricket and averages under 45, way below his ODI and T20I average. While there is no doubt his ability to score runs, Inzamam feels Azam lacks consistency in scoring tons regularly in Test cricket.
“I have seen for a long time that Babar Azam hasn’t scored a hundred. He is the type of player that we like to see regularly score runs and hundreds. He should be doing that because he is at his peak right now. I do not like Babar getting out on ’70s or ’80s. He has to play the big knocks and be the role model for the batsmen in the side. This is very important,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
The former Pakistan batter further said that wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan too needs to convert his starts into something substantial. “[Mohammad] Rizwan has been performing well and should also be playing big knocks. ’20s and ’30s don’t help you against big sides. I give credit to Fawad Alam, who plays big knocks once he gets settled. He takes it to at least three figures which is a very good thing. Other batsmen should also follow suit,” he added.
Pakistan managed to win the second Test match against West Indies and tie the series 1-1.