Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz recalled his post-game encounter with former Pakistan captain Babar Azam during the 2023 World Cup. Rahmanullah Gurbaz claimed that Babar Azam was on the verge of tears following Pakistan’s loss to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan successfully chased down the target of 283 runs against Pakistan with eight wickets in hand. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a crucial role in Afghanistan’s victory, scoring 65 runs from 53 deliveries. After the match, Babar presented Gurbaz with a signed bat.
I Will Never Forget About Babar Azam – Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz expressed sympathy for Babar Azam and highlighted that he was under pressure throughout the tournament. Gurbaz praised Babar for being resilient and composed in difficult times.
“That moment I will never forget about Babar. We beat Pakistan, and then I asked for his bat. Once he brought the bat, he was so disappointed and I can feel it as a player. I can feel that you know, when you lost the game and then this, especially in this kind of situation. He was under so much pressure,” Gurbaz told Pakistani influencer Momin Saqib.
Team Pakistan suffered three consecutive defeats after a strong 2-0 start in the 2023 World Cup, resulting in a fifth-place finish on the points table. The Men in Green failed to advance to the semi-final stage for the third consecutive edition of the ODI World Cups.
Babar Azam Is One Of The Best Captains – Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz praised Babar as one of the best players and captains, expressing admiration for his strength and determination amid challenging circumstances.
“I remember that I also felt emotional, he is one of the best players, one of the best captains. Trust me, I was trying not to say this in front of the camera, but I want to say that he was about to cry. He was so dejected, and I have never seen any player like that. Everyone was against him. But I salute Babar bhai, he was so strong and he kept going. He never gave up,” Gurbaz added.
Babar Azam is currently participating in a match against the Prime Minister’s XI of Australia, having relinquished the captaincy following Pakistan’s World Cup performance. Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi were named as Test and T20I captains of the team.