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Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq firmly believes that his opening partner Fakhar Zaman could continue playing his natural game and shouldn’t change his aggressive approach when batting.
If Zaman gets out early, Imam admitted that it will be his and Babar Azam’s responsibility to stabilise the innings and build a strong foundation the other Pakistan batsmen can build on.
However, if Zaman is firing on all cylinders, he could go on and make a massive score, which would help the men in green post a very competitive total.
“See, Fakhar has a different role. No one can change his style, nor does anyone want to,” Imam told ESPNcricinfo. “If he gets out, then the responsibility is on me and Babar. Whichever one of us gets set, he has to play a long innings.
“On these wickets, once you get set, you can relax and build your innings and lift your strike-rate.
“If I’m batting with Fakhar, there’s not much pressure on me because I know it’s his role to attack. And me, Fakhar and Babar, the top three, are very comfortable batting with each other. I have been playing with each of them for a long time. So we have a great understanding.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Australia in Taunton on Wednesday.