ISLAMABAD, June 8 (APP): Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes that
Pakistan can have a respectable finishing in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy if they continued playing the way they did that against the top ODI team South Africa in the Wednesday’s match at Edgbaston.
“After suffering defeat against India in the opener I think they have
found a clue how to play. They played against South Africa with a changed mindset. If they continue playing in the same fashion in the rest of the tournament, then I believe they can have very good finishing,” he told a sports TV channel on Thursday.
He in particular mentioned the performance of debutant Fakhar Zaman and
one-down batsman Babar Azam.
He said Fakahr’s belief and self-confidence against South Africa was
“The good thing about him is that he plays aggressively while being
sensible. This is how he also plays at the domestic level,” he said.
“It was his debut. At no point he looked nervous. He showed a great
temperament against South Africa and it was marvelous to see him taking on world’s top class bowlers in English conditions,” he added.
He hoped that Fakhar’s game awareness would improve with
the passage of time.
About Babar Azam, Misbah said he had turned into a mature player. “He
is an asset for Pakistan. He is scoring consistently. It is after a long time that Pakistan have found a player at the one-down position who is very strong on the back foot.”
“He is also a very busy player and does not find difficulty in any sort
of condition. In the match against South Africa he played according to the requirement. He is improving and that is very good for Pakistan,” he added.