Pakistan won their third match in the ODI World Cup 2023 against Bangladesh after their four consecutive four losses. But their skipper Babar Azam's form in the marquee tournament has been poor as the batter has just scored three fifties in seven innings. He got off to good starts on a few occasions but failed to convert it. Many former players and experts have lashed him for his poor captaincy and leadership qualities as well.
Now former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja has given his analysis about the No.1 ODI batter's poor form in the mega event. He believes that has been looked uncomfortable against the spin attack in the Indian conditions. He was caught behind in the game against South Africa and again was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the last match for just 9 runs.
The batter is currently going through a rough phase and the former skipper has advised him to play deep and find a solution in these difficult phases, to play against pace or spin. He is the No.1 ODI batter but might lose his place as star opener Shubman Gill is just two points away.
If you want to find fault in his batting, it's his batting against spin upfront when he starts: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz said in a chat on Star Sports, "If you want to find fault in his batting, it's his batting against spin upfront when he starts the innings. He is not as fluent as he is when he is facing pace. I don't know whether it's his footwork whether it's in his mind, or whether he doesn't have too many options because he doesn't play the sweep shot. On slow pitches, you need to play the sweep shot."
"Every time he has been aggressive, he's gotten out as well. Against Afghanistan, he hit a massive six and then got out just at the wrong time. So the confidence builds and it goes flat. All he needs to do is work his way through to a hundred where he faces pace, and spin, and feels comfortable about his role. He is not entirely out of touch, he is still middling the ball, but it's that when he begins his innings against spin, he looks just a little bit jittery."