Mohammad Hafeez, a veteran Pakistan batsman, believes that batsmen who face the majority of the balls in T20 matches should shoulder the burden if the team fails to cross the victory line. According to Hafeez, criticizing hitters who only face 8-10 balls in a match is unreasonable.
In limited-overs encounters, Pakistan’s middle-order has been chastised for failing to perform. According to Hafeez, the top 3-4 batsmen, at least in the T20 format, have a significant role to play in wins, especially if they face roughly half of the balls.
Hafeez highlighted Pakistan’s middle-order troubles in an interview with Cricket Pakistan, saying:
“Importantly, if your opener, No. 3 and 4 bat 40-50 balls in T20 cricket, it is their obligation to get the team to a par total from which they may win a match. It is their fault if they are unable to do so. We believe that a 50-run innings in 40 balls is a fantastic innings. But it isn’t at all like that. The issue arises when a batter faces 40-50 pitches and the team does not win, regardless of whether he bats first or sixth.
While acknowledging that the Pakistan middle-order needs to improve, he believes that players aren’t being given enough opportunities to earn seats in the team. Hafeez elaborated:
“You’re not letting your middle-order to calm down. At least 8-10 players have been in and out of the team in the last year. This isn’t something we should be doing. Give someone a fair chance to show themselves if you’re bringing him in based on his domestic cricket success.”
We start pointing out a middle-order batsman’s average even if he just receives 10 balls to bat. We need to judge him based on the level of intent he displayed during those few balls. How much work he has put in to help his side win the game. He bemoaned, “We blame people who have only faced 4-7 balls.”
In T20 cricket, intent plays the most important role: Mohammad Hafeez
Hafeez, who is 40 years old, has played in 113 T20Is for Pakistan, scoring 2429 runs at a strike rate of 120.96. As a seasoned T20I player, he believes that intent is more important than anything else in the format. Hafeez explained:“I believe purpose is the most essential factor in T20 cricket. It cannot be the situation that two players have one goal and the rest have a different one. For a T20 game, the entire team must follow the same process and have the same goal.” “Your failures will be exposed in T20 cricket. However, it must be absorbed by both the management and the players. Such players must be backed if they are performing a role for the team and their purpose is to do what the team requires,” he said.
Pakistan is currently in the middle of a two-match Test series against the West Indies. They had previously defeated the Windies 1-0 in a four-match T20I series after three of the four games had ended in a draw.