You Will Be Stranded As A Batter If You’re Satisfied With Yourself

You Will Be Stranded As A Batter If You’re Satisfied With Yourself, BPL 2024 Currently competing in the Bangladesh Premier League for Rangpur Riders, Pakistan’s Babar Azam is without a doubt the league’s biggest star. Azam discussed his approach to cricket in all formats, his renowned cover drive, being one’s coach, and much more in an exclusive interview with Cricbuzz.

You Will Be Stranded As A Batter If You're Satisfied With Yourself

What Are You Hoping To Learn From BPL?

Playing here is a learning experience for me because these kinds of contests are a great way to pick up the skill of spinning. You have to put in a lot of effort to score runs because there are good spinners here and the wicket is not that easy. These trials, I believe, will improve my batting.
You arrived from New Zealand and played on the following day and scored a half-century. Does experience help in this regard as you know what to expect here? Look, we have played international cricket here. Certainly, I have some kind of knowledge about what to expect here as far as conditions are concerned.

There is a difference between there (New Zealand) and here (Bangladesh), so you need to have that mindset about how you want to play. I took some time in the middle (in my opening game) because the team needed partnerships as we lost a couple of wickets. I did not think about what I did till the end because when you are walking with a plan, you can chase it down when you are set. It was just that I had to see one or two overs to understand the conditions and that’s it.

Can You Talk About How You Approach Formats Of Cricket?

Cricket is a game of mindset. A Test match is played for five days and all your skills are tested there. In white-ball cricket, you have to be a bit more positive, especially in T20s. You have to always be on your toes – like how you want to go about it if you are batting first and what will be your method if you are chasing. You have to assess which bowler you want to target and who you don’t want to go after.

A lot of people say that T20 is a game for young blood. What are your thoughts on that? Youngblood is good but at the same time, you also need experience (in T20s) because only an experienced player can bail you out in a difficult situation – like he will know how to handle the pressure. I feel both are required experience and young blood. You need to have senior players because if you have a combination of young and experienced, it will be beneficial for the youngster as well as the experienced ones.

How do you deal with a low phase? Do you seek help and talk to people around you? Yes of course I talk with a lot of people. I also analyze where I am going wrong by seeing my videos in the nets and having a discussion over them. But I feel you are your biggest coach. Another person can tell you about technique but you have to understand from within where you are making a mistake and how you can rectify it because you know best what mistakes you are committing as a batter.

You Play For The Team But Do You Set Any Goals For Yourself?

Look, the main thing is how much you are enjoying your game and certainly, the goal is how I can win games for my team. As far as my own goal is concerned, I am never satisfied because whenever I achieve something, I always focus on my next goal and make plans on how I can achieve that. That keeps me going and it never stops. I always focus on my next goal because what I have achieved is in the past. What is there to be achieved for me – like how I can score runs and how I can match the top players – is something that keeps me motivated.

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