Players must learn from Babar: Zaheer Abbas

ISLAMABAD: Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas has high hopes from Pakistani Skipper Babar Azam to become a ‘Great’ player saying the players in the team must learn the skills and techniques from the prolific batsman.

“Babar is a consistent scorer. Other players get relaxed after scoring big runs and think we have got the full series and the other by one good performance. We will become the best team of the world, the day we will get consistent and will stop thinking like this, ” he said in a video on YouTube channel ‘Cricket Baaz’.

The former great, who held the record for scoring the most runs by any batsman in a four match bilateral ODI series (346 runs) from 1982 to 2015, said Babar’s consistency shows that he was a big player. “He can score even big if he plays full 50 overs, if he can do a 100 he can also score 200s and more. The bowler also fears and respects the batsman who has scored 200s. Other players should learn from him, ” he said.

Abbas, who had two stints as captain of the national team in 1981 and 1984, also advised the team management to improve the lower order that can do good batting. “All-rounders in the lower order should have good batting and the team management must train them in this regard, ” he said.

The former skipper said players must be given confidence. “If you pick a player in one series and drop him in the other, than he won’t ever gain confidence and we cannot expect him to perform, ” he said.

Speaking about the ongoing Pakistan-South Africa series, he said the crowd would have enjoyed the matches if it had been there. “The last two ODIs went very good and Fakhar Zaman played a superb knock where he scored 193 runs in 155 balls before being run out in the last over of the second ODI, ” he said.

Abbas, who scored 5, 062 and 2, 572 runs in 78 Tests and 62 ODIs, respectively, said it looks like a series of the batsman as big scores were scored by both teams. “I feel at peace by seeing the Pakistani batting improving. 50 50 over game was just like a mini test match and our batsmen need to play full overs if they get set on the pitch, ” he said.

Pakistan won the first ODI of the three-match series against South Africa by three wickets while the second ODI was clinched by the hosts by 17 runs.