Former Zimbabwe International Grant Flower has warned Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam about the pressure of leading the national side.
The 49-year-old has advised Babar to be careful during this new chapter, particularly because of the politics that goes around in Pakistan cricket.
“He’s got a good cricketing brain but there’s a lot of politics in Pakistan cricket and a lot of pressure from the public,” said Flower.
“If you start losing, it’s one thing being the best batsman but that will put pressure on your batting skills and it can all come tumbling down pretty quickly. We’ve seen with great players in the past the pressures that captaincy can bring, but some players get better and if he gets better than the world is his oyster. Time will tell,” he added.
Flower, who has also previously been the batting coach for the Men in Green, talked about what made Babar an amazing batsman.
“The first time I saw him play and first time I worked with him, when I threw balls at him at the academy in Lahore, he picked up length so much quicker than the rest of the players and I think that’s the hallmark of a great batsman,” he said.
The Harare icon also believes that the newly appointed Pakistan ODI skipper will go on to break loads of records and compared him with the likes of Indian captain Virat Kohli and Australia’s prolific batsman Steve Smith.
“If you look at some of the best players in the world like Steve Smith, Virat Kohli et cetera, they pick up length really quickly and play the ball late, have a great eye and hand-eye coordination. He has that and I think he is going to break a lot of records. Even in T20 cricket he plays normal cricket shots and that is also the sign of a great player. As long as he stays humble, which I’m sure he will as he’s a good bloke, there is no reason why he can’t be one of the best and he already pretty much is.” Flower concluded.