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As the ICC 2023 World Cup unfolds in India, questions have arisen about the match-finishing capabilities of Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam. Former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi and former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif, both shared their doubts regarding Babar’s ability to anchor innings and seal victories for his team.

A Talented Player, But…

Shahid Afridi, known for his explosive performances on the field. Acknowledged Babar Azam’s undeniable talent. But pointed out concerns about his ability to finish matches. In a recent interview with a local media channel. Afridi stated that when Babar Azam is at the crease, expectations are high. Everyone anticipates him to contribute 50-60 runs to the team’s scoreboard. However, he noted that players like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul not only score runs but also ensure that they remain at the crease until the end,  wecuring victory for India.

Is Shahid Afridi's criticism of Babar Azam justified?
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Afridi further explained that Babar’s fans and cricket experts often find it challenging to convey what the team requires from the player. While Babar Azam is hailed as a great player, sustaining that level of performance consistently has proven to be a formidable task, according to Afridi.

A Question of Style

On the other hand, Mohammad Kaif raised questions about Babar’s capacity to conclude matches through aggressive hitting. Kaif highlighted that when Babar attempts to change gears and start hitting boundaries aggressively, he tends to get caught on the boundary line. He emphasized that aggressive hitting is not Babar’s forte. Instead, he is known for his elegant touch play.

Kaif further explained that if Babar were asked to score runs rapidly after facing 60 balls. He might not possess the same ability as players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Who are known for their ability to accelerate the scoring rate effectively.

Statistical Overview

To put this discussion into perspective, it’s essential to look at Babar Azam’s performance in the ongoing ICC 2023 World Cup. The 29-year-old has scored a total of 216 runs in seven matches. averaging 30.85 with a strike rate of 77.69. He has managed to secure three half-centuries during the tournament.

Babar Azam's disappointing run against India in ODIs continues - International -
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The concerns raised by Afridi and Kaif shed light on an ongoing debate about Babar Azam’s role in finishing matches for Pakistan. While he is undoubtedly a talented batsman, the scrutiny remains on his ability to carry his team to victory. Particularly in high-pressure situations. As the World Cup progresses, fans and experts will closely watch Babar’s performances to see if he can address these concerns and emerge as a match-finishing star.

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