Pakistan captain Babar Azam has recently responded to critics questioning his strike rate in the shortest format of the game.

Despite his prolific performances and numerous records in T20 cricket, Azam has often faced criticism for what some perceive as a slow strike rate, particularly in T20 cricket.

During the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9, Azam silenced his critics by finishing at the top of the runs chart with a staggering 569 runs at a strike rate of 142.6.

However, his overall strike rate in T20Is and franchise leagues remains just under 130, prompting discussions about his approach at the crease.

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In a candid discussion on a podcast, Azam addressed the ongoing debate surrounding his strike rate. The star batter expressed his unwavering focus on winning matches for his team above all else.

“You cannot satisfy someone all the time. I am only focused on how to win matches for my team,” Azam asserted. “How I have to build the innings, and how I have to maintain my strike rate, is my concern.”

Babar Azam further emphasized the distinction between building an innings and winning a match. The 29-year-old highlighted the complexities of adapting his batting style and strike rate according to the match situation.

“See, strike rate is a different story, building an innings, and winning a match are two different things. When you win a match, then both things are covered,” he explained.


He further elaborated on the need to strike a balance between caution and aggression, depending on the match scenario.

“Sometimes you cannot play freely because you have to build the innings, and you have wickets in hand, you can play with a 200-strike rate as well,” Azam pointed out.

Despite his stellar performances and unwavering commitment to his team’s success, Babar Azam acknowledged the persistent criticism surrounding his batting strike rate.

“I cannot understand why people have issues with my strike rate,” Azam remarked. “Every player has his own playing style, I don’t like to compare myself with anyone.”

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