Following Pakistan’s narrow loss in a high-stakes World Cup match against South Africa, fast bowler Mohammad Amir spoke highly of the team’s captain, Babar Azam, lauding his leadership skills. Amir, along with former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and cricketer Imad Wasim, shared their insights during an appearance on Geo News’ program “Harna Mana Hai.”
Mohammad Amir began by addressing the high-pressure environment in which the Pakistani cricket team found itself. He admitted that at times, they face challenges in making the right decisions, particularly when determining how to set a target or manage the last over, as in the case of the match against South Africa.
Amir shared that the stress of such situations often leads to them forgetting their planned strategies, emphasizing that experience plays a crucial role in these moments. In a commendable statement, he praised Babar Azam’s captaincy, asserting that he demonstrated excellent leadership on that particular day.
Abdul Razzaq chimed in, acknowledging the team’s batting performance as subpar, attributing the defeat to a poor batting display. He further stated that it was essential to have partnerships, and the wickets lost in the middle of the innings had a significant impact on the match’s outcome.
Razzaq also noted that Mohammad Rizwan, who bats at number three, was in exceptional form, but the middle-order, including the captain himself, could not contribute effectively.
Regarding the match, he asserted that nobody else plays at the level at which Mohammad Rizwan is performing currently, and Babar Azam faced a challenge in managing his resources during the game.
Imad Wasim added to the discussion, stating that it is difficult to predict how the fast bowlers should bowl on various wickets. He highlighted the importance of a four-year planning cycle to determine the replacement for good bowlers.
In conclusion, the former all-rounder, Imad Wasim, praised Mohammad Rizwan’s exceptional performance and noted that Babar Azam should be credited for his captaincy. He believes that Pakistan still has a chance in the tournament, even after victories against Australia and New Zealand and losses to other teams.
While Pakistan faced a tough loss in their World Cup match against South Africa, the players’ candid discussion showcases the team’s commitment to learning from their experiences and striving to improve their performance in the ongoing tournament.