“We hope for miracles,” says Shahid Afridi about Babar Azam’s leadership

Shahid Afridi, the former captain of Pakistan, recently shared his perspective on Babar Azam’s captaincy during the ongoing 2023 World Cup in India, expressing reservations about the team’s performance.

In an interview with a local media channel, Afridi underscored the pivotal role played by a captain’s leadership and its influence on the overall team dynamics.

Afridi believes that when a captain actively engages and takes a proactive stance on the field, it serves as an inspiration for the entire team to elevate their performance. Drawing from his own experiences, he reminisced about how captains like Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq significantly boosted team morale and energy levels through their dynamic leadership.

Afridi also emphasized the significance of strategic captaincy, which includes proactive field placements and an assertive approach to gameplay, particularly in critical moments. He acknowledged the challenges and pressures that come with leading the national team, highlighting the mixed public reception that captains often receive based on the team’s performance.

As Pakistan prepares for their upcoming match against South Africa on October 27th at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Afridi stressed the team’s imperative need to regroup and demonstrate a resolute and proactive approach to excel in the tournament.

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