Takes time to get desired results because it's a young team - Babar Azam
Pakistan's all-format captain Babar Azam has focused on the need for adopting a patient attitude when assessing the performances of his team considering the lack of experience of several players.
Pakistan recently completed a rare Test series whitewash over South Africa but the dominant display arrived in the backdrop of a string of defeats preceding the home assignment.
However, Babar felt it was necessary to take into account the rookie status of a lot of the squad's players before giving a scathing review of their failure to achieve regular wins.
"It will take time because it's a new team. I am a new captain and we have made some changes to the squad," he said in an interaction with the media.
"When you win it lifts your confidence and I am sure this win against South Africa will give us improvement."
Pakistan's victory against the Proteas may have lifted them two spots to the fifth position but Babar was cautious about celebrating the triumph too much and noted a few shortcomings required tackling.
Pakistan's opening pair, in particular, has been a major topic of debate amongst critics as the flop shows of Abid Ali and Imran Butt throughout the South Africa series did little to alleviate the backlash.
"The win is a welcome sign but we have to further improve," Babar stressed.
"It was a much-needed win and the best part of this series win is that now we are number five in Test rankings."
Babar was mindful of Pakistan's drought of victories away from home and hoped the newfound confidence would prove to be instrumental in allowing them to replicate the current heroics in alien conditions.
"We have won at home, but we now need to win on away tours. I am sure that with time we will do that. We lost in New Zealand and there were so many negative things said, but I am sure that now people will back us."
Pakistan's series-clinching win in Rawalpindi was primarily engineered by destroyer-in-chief Hasan Ali, who starred with a maiden 10-wicket haul in the match to cap off an incredible comeback to the Test arena.
Hasan was able to deny a determined Proteas side riding high on Aiden Markram's resilient ton by triggering a remarkable collapse just when the tourists looked like dictating the proceedings.
South Africa slipped from 241-3 to 274 all out in pursuit of the mammoth 370-run target.
"Hasan was outstanding, he came after a year but showed character. Yes, at lunch we were thinking that it's getting away," Babar recalled.
"At one time, we thought the game would’ve gone either way when Markram and Bavuma were playing well. But we knew, one wicket and we can come back into the game again. And then we did that with the new ball.
"This win was hard-earned, harder than our win in Karachi," he conceded.