Off The Field

Babar Azam’s message to strike-rate critics: Hitting 6s not my strength

Written by Abhishek Patil

Babar Azam hit out at criticism over his strike-rate, saying that he prefers sticking to his strength rather than resorting to things out of the ordinary.

The 29-year-old Babar has faced backlash over the years for not playing enough big shots in the hour of need. While being aware of the noise around his batting, Babar said that he focusses on getting better with every match he plays.

“People are talking a lot about my strike-rate these days. People want me to go out there and hit sixes, but that is not my strength. I try to stick to my strength and get better every day,” Babar said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Babar recently became the fastest batter (by innings) to reach the landmark of 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. He broke Universe Boss Chris Gayle’s 7-year-old record. However, it is his strike-rate of 129.40 that raises questions on his credentials as an effective batter in the shorter format.

Babar has been in exceptional form in the ongoing edition of the T20 league. He is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament, having notched 394 runs from 7 matches at an average of 65.66 and a strike-rate of 152.12 with a hundred and 3 fifties to show for his efforts.

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