Following an unexpected eight-wicket defeat to Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup 2023, reports have emerged regarding the emotional impact on Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam. He was visibly distressed and even shed tears after the loss.
This defeat has sparked widespread criticism within the cricket community, not only directed at Babar Azam but also at the entire team for their significant underperformance.
Renowned former cricketer Mohammed Yousuf shared, “I heard that Babar Azam was in tears after the defeat against Afghanistan. While the responsibility extends beyond just Babar, encompassing the entire team and management, we stand by him during this challenging period, as does the entire nation.”
Since the loss, both Babar Azam’s leadership and the team’s overall performance have come under intense scrutiny, drawing criticism from cricket enthusiasts and experts alike.
Numerous former cricketers have raised questions about Babar’s captaincy abilities, and discussions about the fitness levels of the players have taken place.
With just two victories in five matches, Babar’s team is on the verge of elimination. The upcoming crucial match against South Africa in Chennai on Friday holds paramount significance as Pakistan aims to reverse their fortunes in the tournament.