Wasim, Babar gives advice to women’s cricket team
Pakistan’s national team’s T20 skipper Babar Azam spoke to the national women’s cricket team of Pakistan and provided insight into his training management on the eve of a match and how he executed his tactics when in action. The Pakistan national women’s team expressed its delight on an opportunity to interact with the cricket’s elite of the past and present generations via video conference calls. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) provided two online sessions of the current international and emerging players with legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram and leading batsman Babar Azam. These two share insights about how to strategize, approach, and perform in the game in different conditions.
- Bismah Maroof, Pakistan captain, says the sessions will help players develop and learn how to approach the game in an effective manner
- Pacer Aiman Anwar says her interaction with Wasim Akram will prove to be beneficial for her career
- Wasim Akram shared how he handled the pressure and how to maintain fitness as a fast bowler which will help me – says Diana Baig
- I look forward to implementing what I have learned when normalcy returns – says opener Muneeba Ali
- Great to hear how Babar Azam sets his plans and works towards achieving them – says Iram Javed
Babar Azam shares his thoughts on cricket:
I am unable to perform 99 percent of the times when I have a negative thought in my mind that I might fail. It is very important that you don’t change your batting approach altogether because of a failure in one inning. But, try to identify how you could have done better. I watch all the top batsmen in the world to understand their batting approach in different situations as it helps me understand the game better.
There’s a lot (pressure) going on when you are at the crease. In that situation, it is better to talk to yourself and it is something that I do not only in a match but during practice as well. I watch even those innings of mine in which I have scored centuries, not to gloat, but to identify where I could have done better. It is very important that we (must) stay away from complacency.
I had set a goal that I have to become the best player in the world. I analyzed myself and identified the areas where I needed to work hard. I spoke to the coaches, seniors, and worked extremely hard. It is very important that you (must) help each other. Sometimes we are unaware of where we are going wrong and our teammates help us identify them. I still ask my younger brother while I am knocking whether I am doing well. I have been knocking with him from my young days so he knows me. Or I ask Imam ul-Haq, and he asks me because we know each other.
Wasim Shares his thoughts: I remember during our one of the tours of Australia, we used to train in the morning. Because of the heat and rigorous training, I was once feeling sleepy but Imran bhai told me to watch a match between Australia and West Indies and said that he will ask me questions about it. He made me watch the match so I could make better decisions by learning from what the other teams were doing. As a captain (Maroof), you have to inspire your team, I used to work on my fielding for at least an hour during my captaincy as I had to stay inside the circle. Visualisation is the key to counter pressure. Always isolate yourself a night before the match and think about different situations and how will you operate in them.
Bismah Maroof said: It is very important that the players continue to use this time for their development and learn how they can effectively approach the game when normalcy returns. These sessions are a great step in that direction and every player learnt a great deal from them. Wasim Akram, who is one of the greatest players this nation has produced, provided an insight in what made him such a great player and his session was a great inspiration for me and the team to work harder than before. Listening to him about how he led Pakistan in different situations and pressure was really helpful. It was also wonderful to hear Babar Azam, who continues to impress the world with his pure skill, on how he prepares for a match and approaches different situations. I am thankful to Wasim Akram and Babar Azam for taking their time out for us and the PCB for providing this great learning opportunity.
Aiman Anwar said: I am thankful to the PCB for setting up our session with Wasim Akram, who I always look forward to learn from. He provided some invaluable tips about T20 bowling and told us about the art of reading a batter’s mind. He shared the experiences of his playing days which will help me grow as a player. I am hopeful my interaction with him will help me emerge as a successful bowler.
Diana Baig said: The session with Wasim Akram was very inspirational. He spoke about how to use different variations in bowling. He shared how he handled pressure and how to maintain fitness as a fast bowler, which will help me a great deal.
Muneeba Ali said: Our session with Babar Azam turned out to be beneficial for me as Babar shared his mind set with us along with his training regimes. This session helped me in understanding that how a world number one batsman operates in pressure situations. I look forward to implement what I have learned when normalcy returns. I thank Babar for taking his time and the PCB for arranging these sessions for us.
Iram Javed said: I was very excited for our session with Babar Azam. It was a wonderful session in which I got to learn a lot. He shared experiences of handling pressure as a captain and as a player. It was good to hear about how he sets his goals and works to achieve them. I look forward to implement what I have learned from him in my game.