After Pakistan lost their 3rd consecutive game in the ODI World Cup against Afghanistan at Chepauk on October 23, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was seen weeping in the dressing room as told by former captain Mohammad Yusuf.
Speaking on a Television show after the game against Afghanistan, Yusuf said, “I heard Babar Azam cry after the defeat against Afghanistan last night. It wasn’t just Babar’s fault, the entire team and management was involved. We are with Babar Azam in this tough time and the entire nation is with him.”
As if Pakistan’s humiliating loss to arch-rivals India wasn’t enough for the nation, they went on to lose another set of games against Australia and rivals Afghanistan.
Skipper Babar Azam was already put under the microscope because of his average displays in the quadrennial tournament and is now also being questioned about his captaincy for the Men in Green.
Their 8-wicket loss to rivals Afghanistan was Pakistan’s first defeat against the former having won all 7 of their previous encounters.
Speaking after the loss, Babar said “I hope we learn from this game. It will hurt us a lot. We will try to talk about positive things. Whenever you do fielding, it is only with attitude. And I don’t see any attitude from the team. We need to put in extra effort and be fit.”
Babar’s men need to find their rhythm both with bat and ball and they need to win all of their remaining four games to bounce back in the tournament.
Pakistan is currently 5th in the points table after 5 games played and will need to put their best foot forward in order to cover up for the points lost and to compensate for their low net run rate as well.
However, a win in all four of the games won’t guarantee the team a place in the final four as other results also need to go in their favour.