Player Talk Azam 'Bazooka' Khan - Performance Watch

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Choi Saab

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Definitely one of the best hitters in the country!

Only thing, he didn't really have a great PSL, so probably is in contention but not quite breaking into the squad yet.

Although, I would be looking to take him to India now. Asif Ali really isn't proving to be awfully effective.
 

Kaleem

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Dec 7, 2020
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His primary focus should be to improve his fitness during this free time with no cricket for a few months. He probably would have already debuted if he was in better shape.
 

Truthseer

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Mar 13, 2021
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Overweight and unfit. He will cost at least 15-20 runs in the field on average. Also has very little domestic experience and has some good basis for power hitting. Shouldn't be near selection until he improves his fitness, until he plays a full season of List A and T20. Don't care much about him playing FC cricket, he's never getting into tests.
 

Fireworks11

Pasli Torh Bowler
Dec 9, 2020
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Needs to reduce a lot of weight, a big hitter yes, running between the wickets and fielding needs to improve, that will come with weight reduction.
 

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Yes he needs to reduce weight, no one questioning that, but also seems to be one of the more effective hitters available.
But question is, is his big hitting worth the negatives? He'll be a liability in the field, his running between the wickets will also reduce the runs of the batsman with him
 

PakistanZ!

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But question is, is his big hitting worth the negatives? He'll be a liability in the field, his running between the wickets will also reduce the runs of the batsman with him
Cant be that bad if hes a wicket keeper though, just dont put him on the boundaries lol. IMO we have everything except a half reliable finisher so Azam could be a key player. Only reason i kind of want to rush him in is the world cup this year
 

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Cant be that bad if hes a wicket keeper though, just dont put him on the boundaries lol. IMO we have everything except a half reliable finisher so Azam could be a key player. Only reason i kind of want to rush him in is the world cup this year
Rizwan can't be dropped and he has to keep

Also if he keeps, his suspect fielding will cost us like Akmal did
 

PakistanZ!

Jaadugar Spinner
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Rizwan can't be dropped and he has to keep

Also if he keeps, his suspect fielding will cost us like Akmal did
Not what I meant lol, Rizwan obviously keeps in all formats no question. My point was I don’t think Azam will be a terrible fielder considering he can keep. Just put him in less difficult areas
 

Inswinger

Wehshi All-Rounder
Dec 9, 2020
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Rizwan can't be dropped and he has to keep

Also if he keeps, his suspect fielding will cost us like Akmal did
Rizwan is an outstanding fielder anywhere on the ground. He doesn't have to keep. But I haven't watched much of Azam's keeping to come to a conclusion either way. Just saying that Rizwan can field anywhere.
 

TalhaSyed

Dalair Batsman
Feb 11, 2021
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He has potential and may play for Pakistan one day, however, for now he hasn't done enough to justify a call up in my books.

We desperately need a big power hitter, so hoping he can step up, regain some fitness and become a consistent threat - however, for now he has a long way to go before an international run
 

Belawal2021

Debutante
Mar 16, 2021
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No one currently has brute power like this guy in Pakistan. His shots are so effortless. He needs to set a goal and make sure he converts some of his fat in to muscle, though he doesn't need to completely slim down like a Babar Azam for example. His body is not built like that, but if he can work on his fitness a la David Warner, then I'm really excited about this guy.
 
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Kaleem

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No one currently has brute power like this guy in Pakistan. His shots are so effortless. He needs to set a goal and make sure he converts some of his fat in to muscle, though he doesn't need to completely slim down like a Babar Azam for example. His body is not built like that, but if he can work on his fitness a la David Warner, then I'm really excited about this guy.
That's exactly what he's planning to do, judging by this picture from last year. I'm pretty sure this guy is actually serious about improving his fitness unlike Sharjeel.
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Kaleem

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No way he looked like that during this PSL lol. His arms look massive there
Yeah this picture is quite old. He gained some weight again lol.

I was listening to an interview where he said he can't devote all his time to training and dieting etc during a cricket season because he needs to be fresh for actual matches.
 

Choi Saab

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That's exactly what he's planning to do, judging by this picture from last year. I'm pretty sure this guy is actually serious about improving his fitness unlike Sharjeel.
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How you go from one to the other?

Insane transformation, though a lot of that muscle was 'flab', if he'd have worked out a bit more and more intense he'd have been a beast man.
 
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PakistanZ!

Jaadugar Spinner
Dec 9, 2020
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Yeah this picture is quite old. He gained some weight again lol.

I was listening to an interview where he said he can't devote all his time to training and dieting etc during a cricket season because he needs to be fresh for actual matches.
Hope he can get into that shape imagine the flight on the cricket ball he would get lol
 
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hazharoon

Youngsta Beauty
Mar 18, 2021
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Now that Rizwan has sealed his T20 spot, Azam moves back in the pecking order.

Off-season now. Has like 6 months till the next tournament. He can easily lose 20-30kg in this time.
 
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Don Quixote

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Jan 22, 2021
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He should debut after playing 2 more seasons of domestic cricket, provided he performs consistently. He should also work on his bowling, can be more useful then.
 
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