Pakistan despite losses to India and Zimbabwe in their first two games, managed to qualify for the semi-finals somehow in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Apart from winning their last three games, Pakistan had to hope for the other results to go their way and one of the biggest went their way. In a sudden turn of events, the Netherlands beat South Africa and Pakistan became the second team after India to make it to the final four from Group 2.
T20 World Cup: Shahid Afridi offers advice to Babar Azam after Pakistan reach semi-finals
Former Pakistan player Shahid Afridi has offered a piece of advice to captain Babar Azam after his team went into the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. Playing at Adelaide, Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in their final Super-12 match to go through to the semis. Pakistan were in a precarious position in group table while coming into the game, but a shock loss of South Africa against Netherlands, gave them a chance to enter the semis.
Like India, Pakistan too have the same issue – form of their captain. While Rohit Sharma still has a half-century under his belt, Babar Azam hasn’t been able to cross 30 as his highest score of the tournament, 25, came against Bangladesh that too off 33 balls. Babar averages 7.8 in 5 matches in the T20 World Cup and Pakistan desperately need their captain to fire.
“@babarazam258 We need fire power at the top with batters who are showing clear intent like Haris and Shahdab. Plz consider Haris opening with Riz and you one down followed by ur next best hitter. You should be rigid on winning the match and flexible on a balanced batting line up,” Afridi said in his tweet.