Mahela Jayawardena Opens Up On Babar Azam Recent Struggles. Mahela Jayawardena spoke out in favor of Babar, stating that Pakistan should not place undue pressure on the skipper. Since this would negatively impact his performance in the 2018 World Cup.
“So close, yet so remote.” This aphorism was completely validated in the instance of Team Pakistan, which failed to overcome Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022 final. Pakistan lost the final match against Sri Lanka by 23 runs after an excellent showing in the Super 4 round. Pakistan found heroes in the shape of Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, and Shadab Khan, who all performed admirably with the ball. On the other hand, Pakistan’s biggest failure was skipper Babar Azam, who scored only 68 runs in six matches.
Babar Azam has been chastised by both fans and cricket analysts for his poor performance.
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena, on the other hand, came out in favor of Babar and remarked that Pakistan should not place too much pressure on the skipper, as it will harm his performance in the 2018 World Cup.
“When you have a guy of his caliber, try not to put too much pressure on him.” I’m sure there would have been a lot of talk regarding his performance at the Asia Cup and other things. But, heading into the World Cup, you want your greatest player to be confident and calm,” Jayawardena remarked on ICC Review.
“So the essential thing is that they are not placing undue pressure on him. It is not an easy assignment to be the captain and the top batter on your team. That is something he must live up to. Forget about his captaincy and all that going into a World Cup; be the best batsman you can be, and then be the captain you need to be on the field “He said.
Pakistan is presently preparing for a seven-match T20I series against England at home. The first episode of this historical series will air on September 20. Following this series, Team Pakistan will play a Tri-Series in New Zealand against New Zealand and Bangladesh.