World no.1 T20I batsman Babar Azam while talking to the Pakistan national women’s team, gave an insight into his training routine on the eve of a match and how he implements his tactics
on the crease.
In a video conference arranged by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to help the women’s team stay motivated in the sport during the Covid-19 crisis, 15 international and emerging batters held an interactive session with the Pakistan men’s T20 skipper.
Babar insisted that developing a positive attitude in the build-up of a match was the key for better performances, while adding that practicing on the balls where he struggled rather than staying in the comfort zone has helped him become a better batsman.
“I am unable to perform 99 per cent of the times when I have a negative thought in my mind that I might fail. It is very important that you don’t change your batting approach altogether because of a failure in one innings. But, try to identify how you could have done better. I watch all the top batsmen in the world to understand their batting approach in different situations as it helps me understand the game better.” said Babar.
The 25-year-old also disclosed how he stays focused in pressure situations emphasized the importance of valuing one’s own wicket.
“There’s a lot going on when you are at the crease. In that situation, it is better to talk to yourself and it is something that I do not only in a match but during practice as well.” the Lahore-born batsman added.
Babar, who is ranked number one in T20I cricket and is third and fifth in ODI and Test, advised the women players to take every match as a new match and ignore their achievements or failures of the past matches to remain focused on the task at hand.
“I watch even those innings of mine in which I have scored centuries, not to gloat, but to identify where I could have done better. It is very important that we stay away from complacency.”
Speaking on maintaining consistency in results, Babar said that he had set some particular milestones for himself early in his career for which he has put immense efforts to earn.
“I had set a goal that I have to become the best player in the world. I analysed myself and identified the areas where I needed to work hard. I spoke to the coaches, seniors and worked extremely hard. It is very important that you help each other. Sometimes we are unaware of where we are going wrong and our teammates help us identify them. I still ask my younger brother while I am knocking whether I am doing well. I have been doing knocking with him from my young days so he knows me. Or I ask Imam [ul-Haq], and he asks me, because we know each other.”