Wasim Akram includes 'Tendulkar-Lara' reference in strategy to bowl Babar Azam

Sultan of Swing praised Babar's exceptional batting skills

By Web Desk
March 03, 2024
The Peshawar Zalmi skipper is having a remarkable season in the ongoing PSL 2024 edition. - Sachin Tendulkar/Instagram/ACC

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has unveiled his approach if he were to bowl against the country's top batter, Babar Azam.

The Sultan of Swing provided an impressive answer to the question, drawing comparisons between the former Pakistan captain and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.

During an interview with a local sports channel, Akram praised Babar's exceptional batting skills. “Babar is a very good player. He is among the three best batters in the world right now and he plays proper cricketing shots. Had he been a pinch hitter, then the bowler would know that he has a chance to get him out.

"But Babar...for players like Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar, it was difficult to bowl to them because they play good shots against good deliveries and hence gives you lesser opportunities to dismiss them. These are technically-good batters. But yes, bowl attacking lines in the first few overs just to check whether they are set on that particular track,” he said.

The Peshawar Zalmi skipper is having a remarkable season in the ongoing 2024 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In just five matches for the team, he has amassed 330 runs, the highest tally among all batters this season, boasting an average of 82.5 and a strike rate of 151.37. This run total includes a sensational innings of 111 not out, achieved in just 63 deliveries against Islamabad United, along with two additional half-centuries.

Despite Babar's outstanding performance, Peshawar finds themselves in the third position on the points table, having secured three victories out of six matches.

They faced initial setbacks, losing their first two matches against Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings, but recovered by winning three consecutive games. 

Unfortunately, their recent match against Lahore Qalandars was abandoned due to rain. Babar and his team are scheduled to play their next fixture against Islamabad United at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on March 4.