Shoaib Malik has asked the Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, to work on a specific weakness in his game after watching Babar Azam get out to a “googly” bowled by Adil Rashid in the final of the T20 World Cup.
Babar Azam’s performance in the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 was marred by the fact that he was the only player to score a single fifty during the tournament. In spite of the fact that Babar was successful in guiding Pakistan to the championship game of the competition, his batting performance continued to come under scrutiny on an individual level.
In the championship match that took place on Sunday, spinner Adil Rashid was the one who removed Babar from the game after the Pakistani captain misread a “googly.” Now, the seasoned Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik has asked Babar to learn “how to play googly,” which is a type of bowling delivery.
Malik delved into the intricate nuances of facing googlies in a video that was published on A Sports. When it comes to getting ready for these types of deliveries against a spinner, he provided a detailed explanation step by step.
“In order to improve his batting, Babar needs to make some adjustments. It is possible to compete successfully against pacers even if your legs are planted. However, you cannot play a spinner with your feet firmly planted on the ground.
For example, Babar assumed Rashid bowled him leg spin and intended to play in the covers but since it was a googly, he could not do anything except get out,” Malik remarked.
Even Misbah-ul-Haq, the former captain of Pakistan, chimed in on the conversation and emphasised how important it is for a batter to play in front when they are having trouble determining which delivery is a googly and which is a leg-spinner.
“If you are unable to read the bowl, you should avoid playing this square off the wicket at all costs. Because as soon as you let your guard down, trouble will follow you wherever you go.
Therefore, if you are unable to comprehend it, you should just go on and play normally. This topic was also brought up in regards to Hasranga’s case; yet, our batting lineup continues to play cut shots without properly reading the ball “he remarked.
Misbah went on to say that Babar needs to work on perfecting the technique of sweeping deliveries from spinners because doing so helps to neutralise the threat to a significant degree.
“I can’t count how many times I’ve told you, but you really need to work on developing your sweep. Today, he had the opportunity to play the ball sweeping, but he didn’t have that particular weapon in his arsenal “he offered his opinion.