Former Australian opening batsman, Mathew Hayden, holds great expectations for Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, as the pivotal Super Four showdown against Sri Lanka looms in the 2023 Asia Cup.
Speaking on Star Sports, Hayden displayed unwavering confidence in Babar’s capabilities, undeterred by his recent slump in form. Hayden singled out Babar Azam as a true champion, someone who’s adept at surmounting challenges.
Drawing attention to the statistical comparison between Babar Azam and Virat Kohli at the same stage of their careers, Hayden highlighted that Babar leads in this aspect. He stressed Babar’s indispensable role within Pakistan’s lineup, recognizing him not only as the captain but also as a crucial talent in the batting order.
The former mentor of the Pakistan cricket team emphasized how Pakistan’s batting fortunes are intrinsically tied to Babar’s form. Babar shoulders the responsibility of the team’s top-heavy batting lineup. Hayden concluded by underscoring the paramount importance of Babar’s performance for Pakistan.
While Babar Azam dazzled with a remarkable 151-run knock against Nepal in the tournament opener, his recent appearances against Bangladesh and India fell short of expectations.