‘You will not be able to plan anything if you allow yourself to get pessimistic’-Moin Khan slams Babar Azam for going into the backfoot when Sri Lanka was down during their batting

During Sunday’s final match of the Asia Cup 2022, which took place in Dubai between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, former Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan criticized the strategies used by skipper Babar Azam. At a score of 58/5, the Lankan Lions were in a precarious situation, and it seemed as if they would be knocked out with relative ease.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, on the other hand, produced remarkable innings of 71 not out off 45 balls, which propelled Sri Lanka to 170/6 in their 20 overs. During the chase, Pakistan buckled under the weight of the opposition’s onslaught and was bowled out for 147.

What did Moin Khan say about Babar Azam?

Moin pointed the finger at the Pakistan bowling unit on Tuesday while speaking to Boss News. He said that the Pakistani bowling unit was to fault for allowing Sri Lanka to reach such a large total from such a perilous position. He was perplexed by a number of the choices that Babar made, ranging from bowling adjustments to field placements, and he commented as follows:

“I have no idea why he was attempting to make the match go longer. Likely, he (Babar) has already begun to contemplate his own demise. You will not be able to plan anything if you allow yourself to get pessimistic. When you feel confident, you should play an aggressive style of cricket. Because of this, I believe that we gave Sri Lanka an advantage by failing to bowl our strike bowlers when we had the opportunity to do so and by failing to create (an) attacking field.”

Additionally, he sent his congratulations to Sri Lanka on their heroic effort: “I believe that Sri Lanka turned in a fantastic performance, and I would want to congratulate them since they needed to come back after losing five wickets, and Rajapaksa performed like an experienced pro. The bowling from Pakistan was poor, and the bowling changes weren’t any better.”

Moin thinks that Babar should have used what he calls “common sense” and brought back his strike bowlers after the part-timer Iftikhar Ahmed took a wicket. On the other hand, the captain of Pakistan retained the bowlers till the end of the game, which enabled Rajapaksa and Wanindu Hasaranga to bring the Sri Lankan innings back from the dead.

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