Ramiz Raja, a former Pakistan cricketer turned commentator, recently suggested reverting to the opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.

Raja’s analysis comes on the heels of Pakistan’s drawn T20I series against New Zealand, where the team faced uncertainties, particularly in the opening position.

In a candid discussion on his YouTube channel, Raja dissected Pakistan’s performance against New Zealand, focusing on the team’s struggles to establish a stable opening partnership.

He highlighted the challenges faced by newcomer Saim Ayub, emphasizing the need for consistency and experience at the top of the order.

“Our opening pair is unsettled, he [Saim Ayub] plays with his technique in the first two matches, then if he flops he tries to change his technique in the third match which makes things even tougher for him,” said Raja.

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Raja’s observations shed light on the intricacies of adjusting techniques under pressure, a sentiment echoed by many cricket pundits.

“He will get more confidence with more success he achieves. Babar was like that in the initial years, he had the talent but he lacked confidence and experience.

With consistent opportunities but modest returns, Saim Ayub has faced criticism lately, having scored 219 runs in 15 innings at an average of 14.60 and a strike rate of 125.86.

“Pakistan should open with Babar and Rizwan. I feel that it is their best chance. My suggestion is that the Pakistan team should use the talent that they currently have in the best possible way.

The recommendation to reinstate Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan as Pakistan’s opening duo carries weight, given their track record and synergy on the field.

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“Put the combination that gives you partnership, and takes the match to an end. Babar and Rizwan opening is a safe option it is a tried and tested combination,” he concluded.

By advocating for a tried and tested combination, he aimed to instill stability and momentum at the onset of Pakistan’s innings, crucial for setting the tone in high-stakes encounters.

It is pertinent to mention that Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are the most prolific opening pair in Pakistan’s T20I history.

Their blistering performance against India in the T20 World Cup 2021 remains etched in memory, marking Pakistan’s maiden victory over India in a World Cup game in any format.

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As the countdown to the mega event begins, discussions around team compositions and strategies intensify, with Ramiz’s insights adding an intriguing dimension to Pakistan’s campaign.

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