Wasim Akram Points Out The Huge Mistake Made By Babar Azam Against India
By CricShots - Aug 29, 2022 7:39 pm
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Former Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram has pointed out a huge mistake committed by Pakistan which cost their opening Asia Cup 2022 match against India at the Dubai International Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Chasing 148 to win, India was struggling to in a spot of bother when they were four down for 89, but all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja played crucial innings that got India over the line by five wickets.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam failed to do much

Their 52-run partnership was India’s highest of the match after Virat Kohli and skipper, Rohit Sharma had made a decent partnership of 49 runs for the second wicket. Kohli and Rohit were going great before left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz dismissed both batters in successive overs to bring Pakistan right back into the game.

Surprisingly though, after bowling the 12th over, Babar Azam kept Nawaz till the very end, bringing him back for his final six balls in the last over of the match. And that is where Akram feels Babar missed the trick.

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Talking about the same during a chat on Star Sports, Wasim Akram said, “I like this T20 type of pitch. I enjoyed watching bowlers bowl bouncers and getting wickets, both sides. It was a good cricketing game that went down to the wire till the last over. Babar made one mistake. He should have had Nawaz bowl the 13th or 14th over. It was too late. You can’t have a spinner in T20s bowling in the last 3 to 4 overs, especially against the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya.”

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram

The result might show that India won the match but it was one of the most closely ought games. Besides Nawaz’s three wickets, debutant Naseem Shah dismissed two India batters – including KL Rahul for a golden duck. But more than their bowling figures, it was the heart that Naseem and Haris Rauf showed playing through pain in the hot and humid conditions of Dubai that impressed Akram the most.

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Talking about the same, Wasim Akram said, “He is a very clever bowler, Nawaz. He had just bowled the straighter one, got the inside edge. Well done India. They won the game. But I was impressed by Pakistan’s bowler. Dahani, playing his 3rd or 4th game, Naseem Shah, playing his first game, Haris Rauf has been consistent for Pakistan and every bowler tried their heart out. You can see that the future is bright for Pakistan as far as fast bowling is concerned.”