Don’t Think Pakistan Can Win if Babar Azam Doesn’t Score Runs, Says Ricky Ponting

Babar Azam and Ricky Ponting

The former Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels that Pakistan won’t be able to be victorious in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the near future in the event that their skipper Babar Azam doesn’t have a good time playing the bat.

Pakistan’s Waqar Younis has recently stated that his former team stood the best chance of winning the second T20 World Cup title in Australia But Ricky Ponting isn’t quite so certain.

The two-time World Cup winning captain is awed by the talent of superstar pacer Shaheen Afridi, and the expertise that is Mohammad Rizwan at the top of the list However, he believes their batting line-up was dependent on captain and the No. 1 batter Babar.

“If Babar doesn’t have a fantastic tournament, I don’t believe they’ll be able to be successful,” Ponting said in the most recent installment on The ICC Review.

“I witnessed him close-up and personal some time back in the USA in an international test series with Australia and, I told him that time, I believed the sky was truly limitless for this man when it came to Batting in Test matches (was involved) and, more importantly it’s likely that he’s gotten more and better over the past couple of years.

Their openers are crucial and their new-ball bowlers are extremely crucial, however the spin bowler’s role in Australia may be a less challenging when there are wickets that aren’t likely to provide them with support,” he added.

In fact, it was Ponting’s former team Australia which had eliminated Pakistan during the final version of the T20 World Cup in UAE after winning in the semi-finals.


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