Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam reveals he has seen glimpses of the cricketing stalwarts, Rahul Dravid and Kane Williamson in one of his Pakistan teammates. All of 20-year-old, the player recently featured in the Test series between Pakistan and Australia, scoring a century and a couple of half-centuries in the three-match series. Impressed with the youngster’s start in Test cricket, which has seen him score 547 runs in five matches, Babar likes what he sees of Abdullah Shafique.
Shafique made his debut for Pakistan in November last year against Bangladesh, scoring twin-fifties (52 and 73) in Chattogram. The right-handed batter was at his best when he had amassed scores of 81, 96, and an unbeaten 136 across three Tests in Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi against Australia at home.
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Talking about the same, during a chat with Dawn news, Babar Azam said, “I personally watch and definitely enjoy Abdullah’s stylish batting. He plays very clean, his stance and the way he ducks the ball are impressive. Usually, we compare him to Kane Williamson and Rahul Dravid. We call him Dravid. In the presence of Abdullah, the place of opener Shan Masood, another polished batter, maybe in doubt but our main aim in selecting an individual is the team’s interest.”
Pakistan recently announced its squad for the upcoming four-match ODI series against the Windies at home. The West Indies team hasn’t been doing pretty well in the limited-overs cricket recently and their problems multiplied when Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket. Under a newly appointed skipper, Nicholas Pooran, West Indies would be out to prove a point, something Babar is well aware of.
Talking about the same, Babar Azam said, “They play bold cricket and can upset every team on a given day. Therefore, we will try our best to go for big wins in order to earn maximum points to make Pakistan strong for the [50-over] 2023 World Cup. Our first priority is our team; we prefer the best side for each series and that is done while announcing the team for the next series.”