Former Pakistani cricketer Rashid Latif has praised the dynamic duo Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Both batter have been in good shape lately and have played a huge role in raising the team's status in international cricket.
Recently, the Men in Green influenced a T20I series at home against the West Indies. In the last play-off, Pakistan completed its highest run chase in the shortest format of the game, chasing a mammoth goal with 208 runs. Rizwan played a fiery blow of 87 runs with just 45 supplies, while his inaugural partner and captain Babar contributed 79 with a 53 ball.
They established a 158-run partnership for the first wicket, which was also the fourth opening stand of over 150 in 2021. It's their second-highest partnership in T20Is after a great 197-run stand against South Africa earlier this year.
Rashid was delighted with the performance of both clubs. In an interview with PTV Sports, the former cricketer compared the duo with his Indian colleagues.“About a year ago we said that Pakistan doesn't have players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul, especially in T20 cricket. But I think after a while the Indians will also say that we don't have players like [Mohammad] Rizwan and Babar [Azam], ”said Latif at PTV Sports.
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"We used to have our reservations about their scoring rate too, but they made up for it with the perfect pace of their innings," he said.
Meanwhile, Rizwan became the first batsman to score 2,000 T20I runs in a calendar year. For Babar, on the other hand, it was his 20th 50-plus T20 cricket score that calendar year, the highest by any cricketer.