KOLKATA: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has addressed concerns about the impact of captaincy on his batting performance at the Cricket World Cup, asserting that he doesn’t feel pressured by the leadership role.
Ahead of the crucial match against England, Babar shared insights into the team’s strategy. The team needs a victory against England by a margin of 287 runs or more to surpass New Zealand’s net run-rate and secure a spot in the knockout stage.
Babar acknowledged criticism of his World Cup performance but emphasized that he has been leading the team without feeling the pressure for the past three years.
“In the past two and a half or three years, I’ve been the one performing for the team and leading them. It appears that everyone has an opinion about me – he should act like this, or like that. If someone genuinely wants to advise me, I believe everyone has my contact number. However, I suppose offering advice on TV is the easier route,” added the Pakistani skipper.
He highlighted that everyone seems to have an opinion on his captaincy, but if someone wishes to advise him, they can reach out directly rather than sharing opinions on TV.
The Pakistani team has faced scrutiny for their performance in the tournament, with former cricketers, including Wasim Akram, expressing concerns about Babar’s captaincy.