Former Pakistan player Shahid Afridi has offered a piece of advice to captain Babar Azam after his team went into the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. Playing at Adelaide, Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in their final Super-12 match to go through to the semis. Pakistan were in a precarious position in group table while coming into the game, but a shock loss of South Africa against Netherlands, gave them a chance to enter the semis.
Shaheen Afridi came clutch picking up four wickets against the Shakib Al Hasan-led side and the rest was done by batters Mohammad Haris and Shan Masood, who rescued the batting line-up after a terrible opening partnership from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
Tweeting after the game, Afridi wrote that Pakistan needed firepower at the top of the order and advised Babar Azam to drop himself down the batting line-up.
“Babar Azam we need fire power at the top with batters who are showing clear intent like Haris and Shadab. Plz consider Haris opening with Riz and you one down followed by ur next best hitter. You should be rigid on winning the match and flexible on a balanced batting line up,” wrote Shahid Afridi.
Pakistan have huffed and puffed into the semi-finals after losing their first two game against India and Zimbabwe. Their opening combinations has been a point of hot debate since their loss in the Asia Cup finals. Many have criticised their top order’s approach in the modern game, but the duo of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have backed their own process for success