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Babar Azam the worst captain in World Cup 2023?

Babar Azam the worst captain in World Cup 2023?

Babar Azam the Worst Captain in World Cup 2023:

Is Babar Azam the worst captain in World Cup 2023? After losing to Arch-Rivals India by Seven Wickets in Ahmedabad, Australia was Beaten by 62 Runs in Bengaluru. After That, Afghanistan Defeated Pakistan by Eight Wickets in Chennai. They Came Close to Ending their Losing Streak When They Faced SOUTH AFRICA* In Chennai [INDIA] * But Suffered a “Heartbreaking” One-Wicket’ Loss*.

With four straight defeats, Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the semi-finals look slim. With every defeat, the pressure has increased with criticism on captain Babar Azam. And while cricket is a team game, the captain is the leader of the ship. In that sense, Babar has failed in the 2023 World Cup and is perhaps the worst of all captains.

Babar Azam No Control Over the Team:

First, the captain must enjoy the trust of the team and respect his players. Things look very rosy on social media, but on the field, a different picture emerges. This does not mean that all the rumors about infighting and the Pakistan team not being good are true. But, from the outside, one thing is evident. Babar does not have the control over the team that a leader should have.

This does not mean that the captain should completely dictate the terms. No doubt he can take help from the seniors, but a good leader like Babar who brings steadfastness is missing. That’s all well and good when the team is winning, but the test of captaincy is when the team is in a shambles. And in these terms, Babur has been found wanting as a leader. When players are down, they are rarely seen cheering on their team. Communication also seems to be missing, along with player movement.

The loss to Afghanistan exposed Babar’s weaknesses as an international captain. He did little to promote the team until nothing went their way. Instead, the players were seen fighting among themselves, and Babar could do nothing to stop the brawl in the game. It all looked bleak as Pakistani players pointed fingers at each other for misfields, overthrows, and close runs. Most of the cameras panned Babar during this phase. Disappointment and ignorance were evident on his face, but he was pretty much a silent spectator, doing nothing to stop what was happening. You expect much better from a captain, that too from a Top international team.

Babar Azam Advanced Tactics:

World Cup 2023 has also exposed Babar’s lack of strategy as a captain. His bowling changes against Afghanistan were strange. Babar let his spinners lead Afghanistan to victory at a time when he should have attacked with his fast bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf. By the time the pacers returned, it was too late, as only formalities remained. As it is, Pakistan’s bowling was weak against Afghanistan. Babar’s illogical captaincy made things worse for the team.

Babar’s Tendency to Bowl Left-Arm Spinner Mohammad Nawaz in the Final Overs is Also a Bit odd when the Game is on the Line. If you Look at the Bowler’s Record at the Death, it was hit by Hardik Pandya For a Six in the 2022 Asia Cup Match, which India Won. Nawaz Also Bowled the Last over, Conceding 16 Runs to Virat Kohli to Script India’s famous victory at the MCG in the 2022 World Cup clash. Despite this, Babar again turned to Nawaz in the 48th over against South Africa. The bowler hit a boundary as the Proteas won by one wicket. No surprise there.

Feeling the Pressure while Batting:

Along with Feeling the Pressure of Captaining the Team, the Leadership is Affecting Babar’s Batting as well. His Struggles in Several Major Tournaments Prove it. Babar Had a Poor Performance With the Bat in the 2022 Asia Cup, Scoring just 68 Runs in six Matches. They also had a Poor Time at the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, Although Pakistan Fought Well to Reach the Final. The Right-Handed Batsman* Scored just 124 runs in Seven Matches* at an average of 17.71. Babar* Failed to Impress the Team with the Bat in Both the Tournaments.

If we talk about theĀ  World Cup 2023, he has scored three fifties in six innings but he has not come convincingly. None of the three half-centuries were scored at a strike rate of around 100, which is now more or less the norm in ODI cricket. Babar scored 50 runs off 58 balls against India. Against Afghanistan, he scored 74, but that too came off 92 balls, which could be described as a sluggish effort. Against South Africa, he scored 50 runs off 65 balls. Babar does not dominate bowlers like Quinton de Kock or Virat Kohli, who are scoring 117 and 90 runs respectively.

There is No Doubt About Babar’s abilities as a Batsman, But if leadership is Affecting his vital Skills, it would be better for Pakistan Cricket to Remove him. After all, Pakistan needs a Captain more than Babar, the Batsman, Babar.

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