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‘Tops in class but fails in matric exam’: Abdul Razzaq and Sikandar Bakht on Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s No 1 ranking | Cricket News

Former Pakistan cricketers Abdul Razzaq and Sikandar Bakht slammed Babar Azam’s batting approach and said he should take the leaf out of Rohit Sharma’s book and show intent.

“We kept talking about No 1 batter in the World. I want to ask whether it helps in getting good contracts,” former Pakistan pacer Sikandar Bakht said on Geo Super.

Aisa lag raha class mey No 1 and matric ke imtihaan mey fail (It looks like he tops in the class but fails in the matric exam),” added Bakht.

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Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq said Babar Azam is not a world class batsman.

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“No 1 batter is Fakhar Zaman. All New Zealand batters were praising him. Our captain doesn’t have that class. Look at Rohit, he is ready to score 10 runs in the first over and then 15 in the second. Our captain has different playing style, but he should see what Rohit is doing.

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“World class players are the ones who take the game away from the opposition. In our time, it was Matthew Hayden, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting,” said Razzaq.

Razzaq also pointed out that it is Team India’s unity that is helping them being so dominating.

“They are playing for their nation. Look at Virat Kohli’s reaction when other batters hit the runs, he celebrates like he has scored one.

“Bowlers are attacking, batters are attacking. Two months ago, Pakistan bowlers were attacking and that’s why we were doing so well. We called them World No 1 attack. The same unit is not taking the wickets, now we are questioning our bowlers, it happens in cricket. I will give this credit to Rohit Sharma for his team unity and with the confidence they are playing,” he said.

Razzaq also praised India for making the most of their home conditions and playing smart cricket.

“India is making the most of the home condition. The way they started against South Africa in the first ten overs, it gave them the edge. Then from 11-30, they were happy taking three-four runs per over. In the last 10 overs, they again upped the ante. They knew on this pitch 250 would be enough, but still played the aggressive brand of cricket.

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“Pitch has been favouring India. In the other matches, you can see teams are scoring 350 and 400. It feels like India knows how the pitch is going to react. See their batting, they are making the most out if it. When they bowl, their bowlers go for the wickets. They don’t just look to restrict the run flow,” said Razzaq.

On the talk of pitch favouring the Indian team, Bakht said: “India played well in Sri Lanka as well. They bundled Sri Lanka on 50 in the Asia Cup final. Sri Lanka were also playing in their home condition.

“As far as conditions goes, if Pakistan will play in Pakistan, they will try to make the most out of it. But not to forget what Indian seamers did in the Asia Cup final. Their bowling strength is good. Batting is good, Pandya is not available but still they are winning. Spinners are equally good. This team is playing well. It is obvious that playing in front of the home crwod gives you that extra advantage,” said Bakht.

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