‘Our strategy was to use Shadab, Nawaz up the batting order,’ says Babar Azam

‘Our strategy was to use Shadab, Nawaz up the batting order,’ says Babar Azam

(L-R) Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz — PCB

CHRISTCHURCH: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said that the team planned to utilise Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz up in the batting order during the Men in Green’s second tri-nation series clash against New Zealand here at Hagley Oval.

Pakistan, on Saturday, beat New Zealand by six wickets to secure two consecutive wins, thanks to the batting performance from Babar and Shadab and an outstanding bowling display by the bowlers.

In a video shared by the PCB after the match, Babar said: “We planned to use Shadab and Nawaz at the top numbers. We know Shadab’s potential which is important for us.”

“Shadab does not come often, so today we planned to take advantage of him. The partnership [between Babar and Shadab] looked good and aggressive against the bowlers and gave us the momentum,” he added.

Commenting on the win, Babar said that winning in the opponent’s home gives you massive confidence.

“After a great win over Bangladesh, there was a positive performance in today’s match as well. Bowlers are bowling according to plan, while batsmen are taking charge. Every player of the team is showing their performance and giving hundred percent,” the 27-year-old further said.

‘I was waiting for the opportunity’

Meanwhile, Shadab, who struck 34 runs off 22 balls, said he was waiting for the opportunity to bat up the order.

“I was waiting for this opportunity. I bat at number four in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), so I was confident. There is always a plan to put pressure on the bowler and that’s what I did,” the all-rounder said.

“As a professional player, you want your responsibility and expectations to increase. I positively enjoy the pressure. I try to perform in all three departments,” he concluded.

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