It’s going to be a cracking contest at the SCG on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 as two teams – New Zealand and Pakistan – will give it their best shot in the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show GAME PLAN, former Team India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has suggested Pakistan to push Babar Azam down to No. 3 and replace the captain with Mohammad Haris.
“It’s clearly been a rough time for the opening batsmen in this tournament because of the kind of conditions that have been on display and that’s the reason why you haven’t seen a lot of teams up top scoring a lot of runs. Even in the first 6 overs, the scores have been pretty average, a pretty conservative start. So, from that perspective, whether Pakistan continue with the same batting combination at the top of the order.
“So far, they’ve persisted, but now, having Mohammad Haris coming in there and playing with that sort of freedom. In the last game, they were a bit confused on whom to send and at that time, Harris was sent down the order because Nawaz was promoted up the order. So, in a game like this, I would say that it would be good if Pakistan makes that switch. Push Harris at the top with Rizwan. Babar Azam bats at three so that he can do a similar role which Williamson does for New Zealand.”