Pakistan will be aiming to outperform their last effort when they take on India in a gripping Super 4 game at the 2022 Asia Cup on Sunday. In their first game of the year last week, India bowled the Babar Azam-led squad out for 147 despite their top order finding it difficult to contribute. Their inexperienced middle order was unable to perform in the face of the Indian bowling assault as a result, and the men in blue successfully chased down the score with five wickets left.

The side has also struggled with Babar’s run output; in the two Asia Cup matches, the Pakistani captain has scored 10, and 9, respectively. Mohammad Hafeez, a former captain of Pakistan, believes that Babar, who is 27 years old, may go to third place and send Fakhar to open instead since the latter may end up being more suitable for the opening position.

Hafeez said that Babar and Mohammad Rizwan lacked aggression and desire during a conversation on PTV Sports. Although it is not necessarily essential to change the opening combination at this time, Babar may show he is a leader with a “large heart” by resigning if he so chooses, according to Hafeez.

“This debate has been going on for quite some time. If we look at their success percentage, I think we should wait to discuss this till the World Cup. Ensure their enjoyment. The only things they need to improve are their strike rate and goal. I agree, but Fakhar needs to start. That can only happen, however, if Babar shows tremendous bravery while serving as captain, pushes himself to play at no. 3, and establishes himself as a leader. Hafeez advises using the other player if you think he can play more effectively.

“There is nothing improper about picking this. However, Babar Azam alone has the power to make this decision. You and I are unable to do action in the situation. Despite this, I still believe he was a success as an opener alongside Rizwan; the only areas they need to focus on are their strike rate and purpose, said the former Pakistan all-rounder.

The leading run scorers in T20Is in 2021 were Babar and Rizwan, however, Pakistan only participated in one game in the shortest format before the Asia Cup.