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Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower firmly believes that batsman Babar Azam is “going to be one of the best that Pakistan has ever produced”.
Flower’s comments come after Azam led Pakistan to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the World Cup on Wednesday with his unbeaten knock of 101, which came off 127 balls and included 11 boundaries.
Azam’s knock earned him the Man of the Match award and helped Pakistan keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive. It also led to New Zealand suffering their first loss in the tournament.
“Confidence-wise, this is definitely his best one (century),” Flower was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “I’ve seen him get quite a few hundreds on pretty flat wickets, but this was a tough wicket – it was turning, (Lockie) Ferguson was bowling fast and there was a lot of pressure because of the context of the tournament.
“He is very special. I believe he is going to be one of the best that Pakistan has ever produced. He’s really hungry, is fit and still very young.
“I think he’ll have a really good career if he keeps his feet on the ground, which I think he will.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.