It was the duty of the highest order to take our innings deep, which we did,” he stated. “All through the match, our batsmen did properly, particularly Fakhar [Zaman] and Imam[-ul Haq], and we needed to proceed our momentum. We needed to complete the innings off and I used to be blissful to be there until the top.
“I am very assured with the aspect. I am very pleased with the highest order performing in a troublesome place like South Africa. It provides us quite a lot of confidence, and we wish to hold this momentum going.”
Whereas it is likely to be churlish to minimize the ODI success, Pakistan will acknowledge South Africa have been severely hampered by the absence of gamers who’ve flown off to the IPL, in addition to the late damage to Rassie van der Dussen which meant the hosts have been compelled to make seven adjustments to their beginning XI. Pakistan, in the meantime, have issues of their very own within the center order, which Azam brazenly acknowledged, revealing the shock inclusion of Sarfaraz Ahmed for the primary time in 15 months was an try and mitigate that.
“I settle for our center order struggled, however I do not assume it was as unhealthy as folks made out. There is a hole in our center order the place we’re lacking a selected sort of participant we try to fill, which is why we introduced Sarfaraz in to attempt to plug that weak spot. We needed to utilise the expertise that was on the bench, in order that’s why we introduced Sarfaraz in.”
Babar went on to offer Sarfaraz a whole vote of confidence, and instructed he might be concerned extra usually in future. “Sarfaraz is with us as a result of we belief him,” he stated. “In ODI cricket, we’ll attempt to utilise him as a lot as we will as wicketkeeper and batsman, as a result of at No. 5, it is advisable transfer the sport alongside, which we imagine he can do. The center order was struggling, and whereas it did not come off for Sarfaraz right this moment, everybody performed a component in an excellent sequence deciding win.”
It was a day of private achievement for Azam, too, whose innings of 94 ensured he pipped Indian batsman Virat Kohli to prime spot within the ICC ODI rankings. Azam has loved a fruitful sequence, ending because the second-highest run-getter over the three ODIs, behind solely Zaman. He insisted, nevertheless, that his focus remained squarely on the aspect, and the four-match T20I sequence that follows.