PSL: Babar Azam, who scored 42 from 36 balls, was critical of his performance.©AFP
Star hitter Babar Azam expressed his disappointment after Peshawar Zalmi failed to reach the final of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL). Lahore Qalandars made it to the final of the PSL for the third time in the last four years after beating Babar-led Zalmi by four wickets at Gaddafi Stadium on Friday. Despite a good season with the bat, Babar, who scored 42 off 36 balls, was critical of his performance, saying his form was not enough to take his team to the final.
“It was a good journey, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish it. We didn’t perform as well as we should have, but we made a comeback in the second half, and everyone tried to learn and gave 100 per cent. Happy with the form but disappointed that it didn’t help the team to win. I will look back and see what I can do better,” Cricket Pakistan quoted Babar as saying after the match.
However, Babar was impressed by youngsters Mohammad Haris and Saim Ayub, but advised the batters to play in different situations and build their game.
“We sent Mohammad Haris to open, but then we changed our schedule against Lahore and opted for a left-right combination (Babar-Saim), as Shaheen struggles for right-handers. We played a bit, and Haris reacted positively to the shuffle in the batting line-up, and this is what we try to instill in our players, which is to play in different scenarios and play according to the match situation, and I think our youngsters have developed this trait in themselves in this tournament,” he added please.
In a repeat of last year’s final, Lahore Qalandars will face Multan Sultans in the top battle on Saturday, March 18.
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