‘Babar Azam called me a buddha. Got a lot of motivation from it’: Pakistan star | Cricket

Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan captain Babar Azam has said that after a stellar performance in both bat and ball.BuddhaThe comment gave him enough motivation to strive to achieve the best fitness level. Shadab was declared the man of the match for his spectacular performance that led Pakistan to a 53-run win in the third ODI against the West Indies and sweep the series 3-0. The leg-spinner, who is an order-down handy batter, said he compared captain Babar to an older man because of the difficulties he faced while fielding after the injury.

“I got a lot of motivation after Babar called me‘ Buddha ’. [old man]. After the injury, it was difficult to field properly, so they called me Buddha, ”Shadab said.

Shadab revived his career-best 86 of 78 balls to 269-9 after the hosts opted to bat first and their top order stumbled on a surprise off-spin by Nicholas Pooran with 4-48 in 10 overs on Sunday.

Shadab said he has been working hard on his fitness level despite the criticism in the past.

“I work hard to bowl more overs at the National High-Performance Center because bowling after injury was initially difficult. Hopefully, I will work harder and try to improve,” he said.

Imam, Mohammad Harris (0) and Mohammad Rizwan (11) enjoyed the quickest wickets after West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran, who revived the innings with Shadab’s 34-run partnership with Khushdil Shah.

Shadab was ready for his first ODI century before being bowled clean by Jaden Seals from a perfect yorker in the last over.

“It was a stressful situation, and I and Khushdil Shah planned to take it easy until the second powerplay, and we will take our chances in a two-over power play after the 38th over,” Shadab said when asked about his mood after his arrival. To bat.


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