Pakistan captain Babar Azam has defended his decision of opening the innings for Pakistan along with Mohammad Rizwan in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
During an interview with ESPNcricinfo, the batsman praised Rizwan and said that he and the wicket-keeper were the best options for Pakistan’s top order.
"I became No. 1 in the world as an opener, so I'm comfortable there. That's where I performed so well, so I'm very comfortable opening,” he said.
"The year's not done yet and he (Rizwan) has already scored the most ever T20I runs in a calendar year. What more do you need, really? There's no better combination. We always want to start well to set the tone for the guys coming after us,” he went on to say.
“That's our mindset, and in the year we've been opening, we have come to understand each other's games,” he added.
He further shared that he and Rizwan had excellent communication which helps them in the field.
"We communicate well, and if he's struggling to tee off, I go after the bowlers, and if I'm struggling, he does. We've built on that very well, and you'll have noticed when we bat together we have built big partnerships,” said Babar.