Since quite some time ago, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam has been the target of criticism about his performance as captain. In recent times, not just his fielding, but also his hitting has been called into question, which is adding insult to injury for him.
Babar Azam was once regarded as one of the best batters in the world, but at this point in his career, he is unquestionably not performing at his very best.
Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistani spinner, has joined the list of those who criticise him for his lacklustre batting record across all formats, even as his detractors continue to strike out at him.
Kaneria posted on his YouTube channel, “Babar Azam team ka run-rate kharaab kar jata hai (Babar Azam deteriorates the scoring rate of the squad)”.
“If you watch this Indian squad, you will notice that they are loaded with game-winners. On the Pakistani side, though, we place a significant amount of reliance on Babar Azam across all three formats, despite the fact that he only scores runs for himself.”
The former Pakistani spinner remarked in Hindi, “Babar Azam continues to score his own50,60, 70 runs and the team doesn’t gain from that at all, and it’s simply causing losses.”
After losing to England in the final of the T20 World Cup the previous year, Pakistan hosted the Three Lions and New Zealand for a total of three series, but they were unable to win any of them.
The team captained by Babar Azam was defeated by England in a two-game series with a score of 3-0 before playing New Zealand to a scoreless draw in the second game of the series. Every single one of them was a Test match.
After that, Pakistan played New Zealand in a one-day international series, which the hosts of the series ultimately lost 1-2 despite establishing an early lead in the competition.
Kaneria suggested that Pakistan should benefit from observing how other teams, such as India, take advantage of playing in their natural environment.
“In the ODIs, did any of our scores stand out as particularly impressive? Was there anyone who got a perfect score of 200? Was there a performance that stood out above the rest? No.
It is imperative that we study the practises of other nations, such as India, that make the most of their environments. However, we are concerned about failing in these circumstances “explained Kaneria.