PCB chief Ramiz Raja has praised Babar Azam for his defeat against Australia in the 2nd Test.© AFP
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja was delighted after Pakistan managed to save a draw from defeat in the second Test against Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi. Chasing a staggering total of 506 runs, Pakistan lost the opening wickets of Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali earlier. However, captain Babar Azam blasted 196 brilliantly, while shots against Mohammad Rizwan (104) and Abdullah Shafique (96) finally forced the series into the deciding. Notably, the first Test in Rawalpindi also ended in a draw.
Pleased with the fight shown by the players, Ramiz congratulated the Pakistani team, saying that it was the “best ever” shot performance on the side in the “goal of saving the match”.
“We were able to see an epic Test match. Some matches test your character, your will. We saw today that Pakistan, for two days, fought and saved the match. For Pakistan, this shot performance is probably the best in one match. -Saving cause, “he said in a video uploaded on PCB’s official YouTube channel.
Ramiz further praised Babar for showing perseverance and determination in stressful situations, adding that the batsman “probably played the best half of his life”.
“I don’t know what to say about Babar. He probably played the best part of his life. When you know that you can’t afford to make mistakes, the pressure builds up automatically. Besides, close pitches add to the pressure and you have to review the process. But it was an excellent shot performance, “he added.
The third and final test starts Monday in Lahore, which will also host the upcoming white ball match between the two sides.
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