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Watch: The living-room practice that honed Babar Azam’s incredible yorker deflection

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: Babar Azam has demonstrated an incredible, innovative method for dealing with the yorker, and a video posted by Shoaib Akhtar shows how he honed the stroke playing inside.

Babar’s sensational deflection got an outing during his maiden T20I century against South Africa, but it wasn’t the first time he had played it. The video, posted by the fastest bowler to have ever lived, showed Babar inside, batting in flip flops and casual clothes, playing the delicate dab, with a youngster behind the stumps running off to field the ball.

When we say Pakistani cricketers are street smart,” tweeted Shoaib. “This is where the street smartness comes from. Indoor cricket, gully cricket, backyard cricket. This teaches us innovation!”

Watch the fun practice below:

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