Hardik Pandya recently shared his thoughts on the cautious batting strategy employed by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Despite a strong start, Pakistan lost their opening batsmen early, leading Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to form an 82-run partnership in an effort to stabilize the innings.
However, following this partnership, Pakistan’s innings crumbled, and they were dismissed for a total of 191 runs. In a post-match interview with Star Sports after India’s comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Pakistan, Pandya pointed out that Babar and Rizwan opted for a conservative approach, which allowed India to maintain control of the game.
Pandya stated, “Babar and Rizwan appeared to be playing it safe. They refrained from taking any unnecessary risks, which made us feel constantly in charge of the game. The pitch didn’t offer much help to the bowlers, and they didn’t attempt aggressive shots against us. This, in turn, enabled us to create pressure with dot balls. When two players share a similar approach and one of them gets out, it creates opportunities.”
These sentiments were mirrored by Mohammad Amir, who shared a similar perspective to that of Hardik Pandya.