Praising the aggressive captaincy of skipper Babar Azam, bowler Shadab Khan says players are ready to sacrifice their lives for the captain.
He said that teammates are inspired by Babar Azam and can even lay their lives for him. Shadab Khan credited Babar Azam for encouraging players to perform well. “People are ready to lay down their lives for a leader who is always there to support them,” he explained.
“The decisions he is taking point towards the fact that he is an impressive leader,” said Shadab Khan. He said the skipper always encourages and supports his team members.
Khan credited Babar Azam for gelling the players into one unit and urging them to perform like a team. He also praised the limited stint of former batting and bowling consultant, Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander with the team.
“Matthew Hayden is a big name in cricket. In the limited amount of time he got to spend with us, Hayden made us [mentally] strong,” he revealed.
Shadab Khan, however, has pressed for the need for permanent batting and coaching consultant for the team.
We support each other like a family: Shadab Khan
Speaking about the performances in the T20 World Cup and T20 series in Bangladesh he said, “We got a lot of momentum from the World Cup, which made the team into a single unit,” he stated. “Which is why we were able to win all the matches in the T20 and Test series in Bangladesh,” he added further.
Shadab Khan believes that Babar Azam's decision-making is a sign of a good leader and he supports every member of the team through thick and thinhttps://t.co/Ic9Dw6jlSB
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“The way family members support one another [during difficult times], we also support each other the same way,” he said. “An individual never wins alone neither does he lose alone; the entire team wins or loses. That is what we try to remind ourselves each time,” added the Pakistani all-rounder.
Shadab Khan also talked about the initiative of planting Pakistan’s flag during the net practice. “The national flag reminds us that we need to play our hearts out for our country, the same country which got its independence due to countless sacrifices from our elders,” he explained. Khan explained that it was the move of the head coach Saqlain Mushtaq. “This practice of planting the national flag into the ground has united us all,” said Shadab Khan.