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Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has admitted that he was impressed with batsman Babar Azam’s style of batting during the Test series against South Africa.
Azam looked to be positive right from the get-go and took the attack to the South African bowlers, especially Dale Steyn.
The 24-year-old was rewarded for his attacking mindset as he accumulated 221 runs, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 36.83.
Sohail admitted that since most of the other batsmen in the side struggled against the Proteas, they should adopt the same kind of “positive intent” Azam showed throughout the series.
“Make no mistake that Babar Azam for all his talent has some technical deficiencies,” he wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “However, what he showed all of us was his positive intent and that was great to see regardless of the fact that he came into bat at times when the ball was old and wasn’t doing that much.
“In the back of his mind, Babar knew that the bowler would eventually bowl that unplayable delivery to him at any time given the sort of pitches the matches were being played on. But his philosophy seemed to be that he would get to the bowler before he got to him and take the game to the opposition and I am glad that this style of play worked for him.
“What Babar showed to all of us was that the fact that a good attitude can bring about some huge benefits for himself and his team. Babar Azam’s positive intent at the crease was an example for all other Pakistan batsmen to follow.”