Pakistan Skipper Babar Azam is of the view that a great player is one who can stay focus in pressure situations.
In his recent statement, Babar Azam, while commenting on his preparation before walking in to bat, said “I chat with fellow players in the dressing room before going in to bat as this helps me to remain calm. I cannot stay quiet for long in the dressing room especially before my turn to bat.
“A great player is one who can stay focus in pressure situations. I work hard on the mental aspect of my game as I feel mental strength is a key to success.” Babar added.
He said “I feel a player’s talent and pedigree is gauged by his temperament and the ability to stay long at the crease which helps him make big runs.”
“I stick to my natural game in all three formats and back myself to play my shots. Of course, at times, you need different approaches and I try to adapt according to the given situation. I spend a lot of time and energy on getting my preparation right before a match. The practice is the key to success and I try and ensure I tick all the boxes before heading into a match.
Babar added “I enjoy batting in England and now have a rich experience of the conditions there after having played all three formats in the last few years as we have been touring there consistently. Batting especially in white-ball formats is easier there because of the pace and true nature of bounce in the pitches.
“I am happy with my returns for Somerset. Scoring a century [114 not out off 62 balls] for them gave me satisfaction.