Now that Test cricket is set for a regular part of the winter roster in Pakistan, captain Babar Azam has called the team’s seven-wicket victory over South Africa “very necessary”. This came after a tough overseas tour and added significant importance to the coaching staff as well as the importance of this win in Karachi.

Pakistan have been swept aside in the recent two-match Test series in New Zealand, having lost by 101 runs at Mount Maunganui before suffering an innings defeat at Christchurch. Although the defeat was the absence of Babar Azam, who was out with a fractured thumb, the nature of the defeats drew considerable criticism for the support staff, especially for head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis. On the hull without showing.

But this victory in the first Test against South Africa, albeit under domestic circumstances, was a reminder to Babur during his post-match press conference, coming as a relief, both to the team and support staff.

“This win was very essential for our group. The final series in New Zealand did not go very well. Yes, it was under home conditions but South Africa is a top Test team. Everyone from our fast bowlers, fielders, spinners and batsmen. Contributed, ”said Babur.

“Yes, there were some rumors but they [Misbah and Waqar] were not worried before the Test started. They were just like they are always in the dressing room. Sometimes it takes time for results to come, sometimes you have to Gotta feel that chain. Doesn’t go your way. The trick is to learn from the failures and come back from them. “

While captaining his first Test, Babar said what he is trying to do to arouse trust and confidence in the group that has been abandoned after a few months of hard struggle on the road.

He said, “We are asking the players to reassure them. I don’t want to come under pressure after an innings and think what will happen. You can’t be right. You will make mistakes. That’s what me and Misbah try to tell everyone. Babar said that we want players to believe in themselves and be confident in their game.

“My mindset is that there is always an edge in your home conditions, but the confidence you get from a foreign win is something else. It is true for a batsman or any team. That’s what I will try Players return. ” ,” He added.

“When we go to different countries, they prepare the pitch according to the domestic advantage. The pitch [in Pakistan] helps the spinners and going forward, they should stay balanced, supporting both bowlers and batsmen.

The second Test against South Africa starts in Rawalpindi from 4 February.

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