Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was not impressed with Babar Azam’s captaincy in yesterday’s T20 World Cup game against the arch-rivals India and he expressed his disappointment on a Pakistani channel PTV sports while analyzing the game.
According to Mohammad Hafeez, there are certain things in Pakistan cricket which are not allowed to be criticized and the captaincy of Babar Azam has become one such topic. Nobody seems to talk about it and his captaincy mistakes keep getting away because everyone just says he is a young captain.
Hafeez said that he admits that Babar is a young captain and doesn’t have that much experience when it comes to leadership, but his captaincy has been below average in three big games in the multi-team tournaments now and that needs to be talked about.
Hafeez, who is only a recently retired international cricketer and himself played under the captaincy of Babar, recalled the last year’s T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia in Dubai and said that Babar made some captaincy errors there too and then he again made captaincy errors in the Asia Cup final earlier this year against Sri Lanka.
Now in a World Cup game against India, he made a big error of holding the spinner back for the last over when it was clear that there was nothing in the pitch for the spinners and it would be difficult for the left-arm spinner to defend anything in the last over.
Nawaz should have bowled all his 4 overs when India wasn’t attacking: Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez said that there was a phase in the Indian innings during the middle overs when they were not attacking that much after losing 4 quick wickets. Babar should have ensured that Nawaz bowled his 4th over during that phase rather than holding him back for the 20th over.
Mohammed Hafeez Criticising Babar Azam’s captaincy pic.twitter.com/OFwY9ehLP9
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Babar Azam actually bowled Nawaz’s three overs back to back in the middle period of India’s innings, but when Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli hit three sixes in Nawaz’s third over, Babar had to remove him from the attack and after that, he could never bring the left arm spinner back again before the last over.