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If I play with 170, they will say it should have been 200: Babar Azam on strike rate

CricketIf I play with 170, they will say it should have been 200: Babar Azam on strike rate

Srinagar: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has brushed aside the talk surrounding his strikerate, making it clear that every player has different his own style.

Azam is often criticised for not playing according to the match situation and is accused of slowing down his strike rate.

“Cricket is getting fast, and you have to take a step further with it. You cannot satisfy someone all the time, I am only focused on how to win matches for my team. How I have to build the innings, and how I have to maintain my strike rate, is my concern,” Azam said in a podcast.

“See, strike rate is a different story, building an innings, and winning a match are two different things. When you win a match, then both things are covered. How you have to play the first six overs, and the remaining overs, is a step-by-step process. I know my cricket, I know what I have to add, and how I have to modify my style. The thing that matters the most is the situation, if it is suitable, I will play freely.”

“Sometimes you cannot play freely because you have to build the innings, and you have wickets in hand, you can play with a 200-strike rate as well,” Azam added.

“I cannot understand why people have issues with my strike rate, they will say it is 150. It should be 170. If I play with 170, they will say it should have been 200. Every player has his own playing style, I don’t like to compare myself with anyone.”

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