Pakistani legend Wasim Akram has responded to comments made by former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, calling Babar Azam a selfish captain. Without supporting or opposing Gambhir’s views, Akram took a neutral stance and said everyone has the right to have an opinion.
While commentating on the Pakistan-Netherlands game in the ongoing 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Gambhir hit out at Babar for his reluctance to drop down the batting order despite struggling with the willow.
During an interaction on A Sports, a viewer asked Akram for his take on Gambhir criticizing Babar’s leadership. The former left arm pacer commented:
“It’s his opinion. Gautam Gambhir himself being a successful captain in IPL, winning twice for KKR… Of course he is one of the best players of his time. Everyone, I suppose, is entitled to their opinion. And that’s his opinion. »
While calling Babar a selfish leader in the Pakistan-Netherlands match, Gambhir said:
“In my opinion, you think of your team first rather than yourself; if nothing goes according to your plan, you should have sent Fakhar Zaman in the batting order. That’s what we calls selfishness; as a captain, it’s easy to be selfish.
“It’s easy for Babar and Rizwan to open the innings for Pakistan and create so many records. If you want to be a leader, you have to think about your team,” added Gambhir.
The Pakistani captain and opening hitter has been in the firing line due to his poor form. In three Super 12 matches so far, he has recorded scores of 0, 4 and 4.
Pakistan’s hopes of qualifying for the T20 World Cup semi-finals are hanging by a thread. They are seeded fifth in Group 2, after defeats to India and Zimbabwe. They beat the Netherlands by six wickets in their previous game to keep their hopes alive.
AB de Villiers back Babar Azam under fire
Amidst all the criticism over his lack of races in the T20 World Cup, Babar found the support of South African legend AB de Villiers. Speaking on his YouTube channel, the former Proteas captain hailed the Pakistani cricketer and said:
“Babar Azam is an amazing player. I saw him play for the first time, saying that boy can play. He is a fantastic addition to Pakistan’s success, and it’s great to see the younger generations taking ownership .”
Pakistan’s last two matches in the Super 12 will be against South Africa on November 3 and Bangladesh on November 6.