Muhammad Hafeez thinks the captaincy of Babar Azam is like a ‘sacred goat’ that cannot be criticized. While expressing his view on Sunday’s defeat against India in an opening T20 World Cup match in 2022, he criticized the captaincy of Babar Azam.
Hafeez said Pakistan sat as a defendable target for India and that he made a mistake while giving last over to Muhammad Nawaz. Pakistan had been dominating the game till the very last over. Mohammad Hafeez said, “Babar Azam’s captaincy is like a sacred cow that cannot be criticized. It’s the third consecutive big game that we see flaws in Babar’s captaincy, but we keep hearing that by the time he gets to the age of 32, he will learn.”
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“In yesterday’s match, from the 7th over till the 11th over, when India was struggling for even four runs an over, why did Babar not fulfill the spin quota overs in that timeframe.” he maintained.
Pakistan set a target of 160 runs for India while batting first after losing the toss. Pakistan lost eight wickets. India lost four wickets in the first ten overs of the match. However, the last heroics of Virat Kohli won India the match. Shoaib Malik also criticized the performance of the team.
Criticism aside, skipper Babar Azam gave an encouraging message to Muhammad Nawaz after the last-over defeat from India.
Pakistan lost the match in the last over after a nail-biting contest. Video released by Pakistan Cricket Team from the dressing room after the match goes viral on social media. Babar Azam backed up the players, especially Nawaz who was given the last over. While talking to Nawaz, he asked him not to panic since it was the beginning of the tournament, and there are many more matches to play in the tournament.