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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja believes that batsman Babar Azam and pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi were the two players who excelled during the recent tour of South Africa.
Azam scored 221 runs, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 36.83 in the three-Test series against the Proteas.
He also amassed 195 runs, which included a lone fifty, in the five-match ODI series at an average of 48.75, and 151 runs, which included a half-century, at an average of 50.33 in the three-match Twenty20 series.
As for Afridi, he took nine wickets at an average of 26.66 in two Tests, six wickets at an average of 23.16 in four ODIs, and two wickets in two Twenty20 Internationals at an average of 25.
“Azam showcased how talented he is in all formats of the game and similarly, Afridi bowled really well. However, Afridi needs to improve in the fielding department, and I am hopeful that he will,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.
Providing some advice on how Pakistan can improve, Ramiz said: “Batsmen need to convert their starts, whereas bowlers need to bring variety into their attack and also need to work on their fielding as a team in cricket [today] cannot afford to miss catches and run out chances.”