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After going through a tough defeat against India and Zimbabwe in the two successive games of Pakistan in their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 campaign, fans are really frustrated with Babar Azam’s captaincy and planned strategy against India. But the experts understand it just not only the captaincy’s fault; team management is equally responsible for the demolition caused.
Pakistan in crunch situations in multi-nation events in the last couple of years:
In modern-day cricket, It is not all about the captain’s decisions, a coach, an analyst and mentors are involved in the game. If at some time, the captain doesn’t understand the situation of the match due to high voltage pressure then a coach can send a message to the ground. But in our case, we have not witnessed any kind of thing like that.
- In T20I World Cup 2021, Pakistan Limited Australia to 96/5 in the 13th over when they needed 177 runs to win in the semi-final
- In Asia Cup 2022, the boys in green Reduced Sri Lanka to 58/5 inside 9 overs in the grand final
- In the ongoing T20I World Cup 2022, team Pakistan got India to a point where they required 48 runs off 18 balls
After these commanding position Pakistan team still lose all games and the most crucial ones.
Former Cricketers about Babar’s Captaincy
“Babar Azam’s captaincy is like a sacred cow that cannot be criticised. 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.”
What went wrong for Pakistan?
After so many times, Pakistan was in well control situation but still failed to cross the winning line just because they were not attacking the opposition, or in other words, they didn’t go for a kill.
When did you see that the opposition team was under immense pressure and lost their top batters, and also failed to accelerate their scoreboard? Why did Babar and the team management not put more pressure on the other team? Why doesn’t the skipper recall their strike bowlers into the attack to just finish the game before 20 overs? But not; the captain and the team management just follow an old fashion template and replicate it regardless of any situation. This template is one of the reasons behind the team Pakistan crumbling in crunch situations.
The template is: starts with bringing your fast bowlers in the powerplay and, after that, using spin resources until the 15th Over most of the time. It is a very defensive approach because when you get the opposition’s top batters in the first six or eight overs, then bring back your ace bowlers and go for the kill.