Many fans and analysts believe that Babar Azam should be relieved of his captaincy duties for the Pakistan cricket team since the elegant batter has recently been the target of criticism.
In the Asia Cup final of last year, the 28-year-old captained Pakistan to a shocking loss to Sri Lanka, which was followed by a defeat to England in the T20 World Cup.
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Following the ICC championship, they were defeated 3-0 by England in a Test series of three games and then held to a draw in a Test series of two games by New Zealand. In a recent three-match ODI series against New Zealand, they were defeated by two wickets.
Dinesh Chandimal Lauds Babar Azam’s Consistency
Dinesh Chandimal, a great in Sri Lanka, defended Babar and praised him for his consistency. Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, he said, “It is not easy to maintain consistency in performance, but the Pakistan captain has performed well in all three formats; he adapts to every style of cricket very quickly.”
With 2598 runs in 52 innings, with a high score of 196, Babar ended the year as the top run-scorer in international cricket. He also pounded eight tonnes and 17 half-centuries. The other Pakistani batsman that finishes in the top 10 of the ICC rankings, in fourth place, is Mohammad Rizwan. With a best score of 104*, the wicketkeeper-batter amassed 1598 runs in 47 innings. He also hit a century and 12 50s.
Chandimal believes that both Pakistan and Sri Lanka might play an interesting style of cricket when they both travel to the island nation.
“We are looking forward to hosting the Pakistan team once again. Pakistan is a very good team, and the Sri Lanka team is looking forward to play good cricket against them this year”, he said.
Misbah-ul-Haq, a former head coach and player, has also lately backed Babar and believes that the captain is being made to appear weak by his detractors in the media. Misbah asked the Pakistani team to remain together, retain Babar as captain, and make a choice in a relaxed manner.