Why Babar Azam shouldn’t open the innings in T20 cricket: Expert Reviews

According to former England bowler Steve Harmison In Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket, according to former England bowler Steve Harmison, Fakhar Zaman should bat first rather than captain Babar Azam. Harmison said in a video posted to his official YouTube account that the Men in Green side will be more evenly matched with Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan at the top of the pecking order.

Mohammad Rizwan is ranked first, followed by Babar Azam at number three, and Fakhar Zaman at number one. If I were a Pakistan fan, I believe that would be a better balance for me because I wouldn’t lose my greatest batsman to an absolute beauty in the first few overs in English conditions or in any other situation when the ball is moving. He is given 18 overs to bat, which is especially advantageous when the batting order lacks depth.

Mohammad Hafeez wants Fakhar to open and Babar Azam to fall to number three.

To give Fakhar Zaman the chance to begin for Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez asks Babar Azam to make the audacious decision to drop to the third spot. Babar Azam’s batting performance has been inconsistent recently. Azam is one of Pakistan’s most reliable players, but so far at the Asia Cup, he hasn’t made an impression. The top pairing of Babar and Mohammad Rizwan is essential for the team.

Mohammad Hafeez, a former Pakistani all-rounder, offered his opinions on the controversy surrounding the opening pairing of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Hafeez asserted that the conversation should end till the T20 World Cup because they have achieved great success for Pakistan at the top, but he insisted that both of them examine their strike rates during the game.

Fakhar Zaman will be wasted lower down the order said by former Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq (PCB)

Inzamamul Haq, a renowned former batsman from Pakistan, claimed on Monday in a YouTube video that batter Fakhar Zaman would be useless in the lower order since he had previously played as an opener.

Speaking of batting, I believe Pakistan made a critical error at number three. When a wicket dropped and Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were playing brilliantly, they sent Sohaib Maqsood rather than Fakhar Zaman. Fakhar was an opener, thus moving him to number five or six, where he would have to take spinners on, will be a complete waste of his talent. Up the list, he would have fared better. By sending him at no.3, we might have applied significant pressure on Fakhar Zaman, said Inzamam.

Mickey Arthur believes that Fakhar Zaman should be Pakistan’s opening act.

Fakhar could bat first with either one of them, and the other should come in at No. 3 to stabilize the middle order, according to Arthur, who coached Pakistan from 2016 to 2019.

For the bowlers to bowl from different angles, you’d probably want to send Fakhar Zaman up, have a left-right batting combination, and have Babar or Rizwan bat at No. 3 so that there is a little more depth and someone can play the sheet anchor role for them and hold one end up while the others revolve around these guys, suggested Mickey. 

The fact that Fakhar smacks the ball from both a left-hand and a right-hand stance causes the bowlers a little bit of frustration. Put Fakhar Zaman back at the top after spreading out Babar and Rizwan. We did our best to construct, and Fakhar will play well in the opener as he has in the past.

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