Can Azam Khan Take Up The Mantle of Pakistan's Long-Term Finisher?
Pakistan's fast-bowling resources might just be the best in the world at the moment. With a new world-beating fast-bowler coming up now and then from Pakistan, it's hard to deal with their poor performances in ICC events.
However, this could ultimately bowl down to their fragile middle-order, which lacks an identity and a solid presence to see out matches. While Babar Azam holds fort in the top-order, the likes of Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali have been tried and test to varying degrees of success.
Pakistan, who play the West Indies in a couple of weeks, named young Azam Khan in the setup, leading to much hope and expectations among the fans. Azam, who has been a mainstay in the PSL for the last few seasons, is a heavily built middle-order batsman who is the perfect modern-day middle-order batsman.
But there are already claims that Azam Khan can take up the mantle in the middle-order and stamp his authority in the ongoing PSL and the upcoming series against West Indies. But what is it that makes Azam Khan a special talent? Here's some much-needed insight to kickstart your day in the Sixer Market!
Bright Talent With A Long Way To Go - Azam Averaging A Match Score of 39 in PSL 2021!
Azam Khan is a burly middle-order batsman who relies on brute force with a touch of class to get his runs in the shorter formats. He has been a wonderful addition to the Quetta Gladiators side, which is coached by his father, Moin Khan.
Like Moin, Azam is also now billed as a superstar in the middle-order. While Moon's efforts are inked in the history books, Azam is on his way and looks set on emulating his dad going by his recent exploits in the Lanka Premier League 2020.
However, Azam is far from being the finished product. In his first five PSL 2021 games, he could only score 98 runs despite batting at number four on a couple of occasions. In addition, his match score average read just 39, something that would worry his fantasy shareholders as well.
But what stands out is he goes about his work with intent. He strikes at over 140 this season and shows no signs of slowing down at all. With a player like Azam, you get relentless intent in the middle overs, something that is in short supply at the moment.
Although Pakistan has tried out its fair share of finishers, Azam has a calm demeanour and maturity beyond his years. His fitness is slowly improving, helping him cover lost ground and making up for his lack of fielding prowess as well.
He is well on his way to being the perfect middle-order batsman for Pakistan. Perhaps, this is what he was trained to do by his dad, whose legacy is already sparkling with the achievements of his son in the last year or so. If Azam was to even come close to emulating his dad, Pakistan would have unearthed an absolute gem!