‘I don’t think Babar needs much assistance’ batting coach Yousuf claims

KARACHI: Legendary Pakistan batter and current batting coach of the national team Mohammad Yousuf made a significant assertion about top-ranked white ball batter Babar Azam, claiming that the latter does not require much coaching.

Yousuf stated on ARY News’ show Bouncer (Eid Special) in response the host’s question about what he is coaching Babar these days, the batting coach asserted that the all-format Pakistan captain does not require much coaching since he is performing well.

“Babar doesn’t need to learn anything, in my opinion,” Yousuf told the host. “He is performing well and I always try to make sure not to disturb any player who is performing exceptionally well.”

The legendary batter then also heaped praises on left-handed opener Imam-ul-Haq and made the same assertion as he did about Babar.

“Same goes for Imam, as he too, is doing really well. But, I do tell him if there is any minor mistake in his approach. So yeah, I always try not to disturb those batters, who are performing well,” Yousuf claimed.

Yousuf then opined on the Green Shirts’ struggling middle-order, claiming that the players are working hard to overcome the adversity and will soon produce positive results.

“As you mentioned the middle-order, scoring quick singles are very essential for them. We held a camp and in one of the nets we were directing the players to play sweep shots,” Yousuf revealed.

“Because, as per my cricketing knowledge, when a batter plays a sweep shot to spinners. The bowler then will either bowl a full-length delivery or a rather short-of-length delivery. So, this variation in the pitching of the ball, allows the batter to score freely and the rotation of strike also gets easier,” he maintained.

It is pertinent to mention here that the national team has recently been suffering from a struggling middle-order as they displayed a dismal show in the recently-concluded home ODI series against West Indies.

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