Pakistan’s star duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam have been a class above from the rest of their compatriots in the batting lineup. While the two showcase high levels of consistency, they have received quite a bit of criticism for consuming a large number of deliveries over the course of their innings.
This claim can be further backed up by the data on the average number of balls taken to score a century for batsmen in the last 3 years.
Interestingly, Imam and Babar fall well below the normal requirement in today’s fast-paced ODI cricket, as both, the batsmen take 111 balls to reach their centuries on average.
This clearly depicts a major shortcoming in Pakistan’s batting department, where they are routinely found to be plagued with a significant amount of dot balls in their innings. Hence, this lack of rotation of strike and power hitting limitation exacerbates the problem of posting low totals, unable to match with the high run rates.