Pakistan coach Mohammed Yousuf has praised star batter and national captain Babar Azam, saying "he is playing exceptional cricket."
“Babar Azam has been showing everyone for the past two, three years that he is a big player and performs even better in pressure situations,” Yousuf said Thursday.
“A player becomes big when he performs well under pressure. He is on a path towards becoming great in the game."
Azam has been at his peak performance this season. The right-handed batter is currently ranked third in Tests. Azam appeared in 15 matches across all formats this year, scoring 1,406 runs in 19 innings at an average of 78.11.
His highest individual score is 196. This year, his willow has produced five centuries and ten half-centuries.
The way he is batting in all formats, that too with the responsibility of captaincy, is an achievement. Even the team responds to him well. As a player and as a captain, he is playing exceptional cricket," Yousuf continued.
Yousuf said his team was looking beyond the India match on August 28. He said Pakistan was aiming for the Asia Cup title.
“The first thought is to win the Asia Cup, and we’re focused on that goal,” he said. “The preparation is for the whole tournament. We’re not looking just at the India match rather we’re looking to win the whole tournament.”
The Pakistani cricketers said his squad worked hard during their practice session, all despite the current weather in Dubai.
“It is hot and humid, but they are professionals. They practised really hard. Of course, they are humans, they will feel heat and weakness, but they are enjoying it,” the coach said.