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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram believes that Babar Azam needs to start converting his fifties into hundreds if he wants to become a world-class batsman.
Azam has scored two half-centuries in the World Cup, which came against England and Pakistan, but he was subsequently dismissed for 63 and 69 respectively.
He also scored 48 against arch-rivals India before being clean bowled by spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
While Akram praised Azam for his knock of 69 against South Africa on Sunday, he feels that the 24-year-old can go to the next level if he begins converting his starts into big scores.
Akram also lauded openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman as they forged an 81-run partnership and both made 44.
“The openers did well, Babar did well, but Babar needs to convert his fifties into hundreds,” Akram told Geo as quoted by The News International.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.