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Faf du Plessis defends Azam Khan’s selection in Pakistan team, says six-pack abs not essential for a successful cricketer

Faf du Plessis defends Azam Khan’s choice in Pakistan crew, says six-pack abs not important for a profitable cricketer

New Delhi: Not each man has to have six-pack abs to achieve success in cricket, mentioned the supremely match and well-built Faf du Plessis after Azam Khan’s choice within the Pakistan crew raised questions on his health.

An argument erupted after Pakistan final Thursday named uncapped Azam, son of former captain Moin Khan, within the T20 squad for the excursions of England and West Indies, with many believing that his father is behind his choice.

That Azam weighs greater than 100kg was additionally identified by the followers earlier than du Plessis got here to the rescue of the big-hitter, with whom the previous South African captain shares the dressing room in Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) franchise, Quetta Gladiators.

“In terms of health, each man has a duty to try to enhance day-after-day,” du Plessis mentioned at a digital press convention in Abu Dhabi forward of the PSL.

“That appears totally different for each single particular person. For me, at an older age, I do not cease occupied with how I can enhance myself as a cricketer, how I can enhance my health, how I can enhance my physique, how I can enhance my thoughts,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

File picture of Faf du Plessis. Sportzpics

Many within the Pakistan cricket neighborhood consider that Azam was picked due to his father who’s a former nationwide crew skipper and coach of Quetta Gladiators.

Followers additionally questioned the health of the participant who weighs greater than 100kg.

Du Plessis mentioned, “The distinction between guys who do it for a really quick interval and guys who do it for longer, it is simply bettering, it is smaller positive factors proper all through your profession. For somebody like him (Azam), no, he does not must seem like me to achieve success.

“It might simply be small enhancements day-after-day. Proper now, it is likely to be one thing like fielding he may concentrate on, getting faster to the ball, ensuring (the) arms are good, taking all of the catches and progressively placing within the work to develop into a greater model of himself, or myself, or somebody.”

A clear striker, Azam hits a boundary each 4 balls and has to date scored 743 runs in 36 T20 matches.

“It is unfair to match totally different individuals, we’re evaluating two totally different gamers. He is a man who will at all times come and be an influence hitter and hit it a good distance.

“I am actually not a believer that each man has to have a six-pack to be a profitable cricketer. You’re employed with what you may have.

“You take a look at the greats within the recreation earlier than, there’s been guys lengthy earlier than me and after me and him, who will all look totally different however had the skillsets to carry out,” du Plessis mentioned.

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Updated: June 7, 2021 — 12:37 pm

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