Babar Azam eyes triple century on English shores

Statesman Report

Lahore: Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Babar Azam has set his eyes on scoring a triple century, during the Test series against England.

While speaking during a teleconference from Worcestershire, Azam said that it is important to convert centuries into a bigger score. 

“When you score a century, you naturally want to go on and convert that into a double or a triple century. This is something I would like to do during the Test series,” said Azam. “I like to play my natural game but my selection of shots depends on the conditions and bowlers.”

The right-handed batsman was also optimistic about winning the Test series against the home side.

“We performed well on our previous tour of England which is why players are eagerly looking forward to the series,” he said. “We are currently focused on winning the Test series as that is our first goal on the tour.”

“England have the home advantage but our bowlers will give tough time to their batsmen. We will target their fragile Test top-order. Mohammad Abbas is experienced while Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi have a lot of potential. We have high expectations from our bowlers,” he added. 

Azam also admitted that wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan would be the team’s first choice in the Test series, despite the presence of former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in the squad.

“Mohammad Rizwan is our first choice wicketkeeper and he will get full chance during the Test series,” he said.

The Lahore-born also urged people to compare him with Pakistan’s legendary batsmen, rather than Indian skipper Virat Kohli. 

“I don’t want to be compared with Virat Kohli. It would be better if people compare me with one of the Pakistani legends like Javed Miandad, Mohammad Yousaf or Younis Khan,” he said.