The great Kapil Dev supported Babar Azam
That said, don’t make decisions based on current performance
Evaluate based on performance in difficult situations
New Delhi. Pakistan team’s performance in World Cup 2023 has been very disappointing. Out of their 9 matches in the tournament, Babar Azam Brigade won only four and did not make it to the semi-finals. The players of the Pakistan team who have returned to their country have been heavily criticized for their poor performance. Captain Babar Azam is being targeted the most. Even the smallest decisions of his captaincy are being questioned. From former cricketers to common cricket lovers, people are demanding Babar’s removal from the captaincy. Some former cricketers even say that Babar should honorably step down from the Pakistan captaincy before such a situation arises.
India’s greatest all-rounder Kapil Dev has come to the defense of this brilliant batsman amid these calls to quit the captaincy against Babar Azam. Kapil has reminded these critics that not long ago Pakistan became the number one cricket team in the world under Babar’s captaincy. Former captain and 1983 World Cup champion Kapil said during a discussion on Ranveer’s show, ‘Selectors should not take any decision based on current performance alone. They should also keep an eye on Babar’s performance in difficult situations before taking any final decision.
The former Indian cricketer said, ‘Looking at the current situation you are saying that Babar is not performing well but this same captain made Pakistan the number one ODI team six months ago. When someone scores 0, people immediately start demanding to drop him and start supporting such an ordinary player but he scored a century. He is being called the next superstar.
Kapil said, ‘So don’t go with the current performance. One should see how he has adopted the game, how he plays in difficult situations, a player should not be judged by one or two low scores.’
First published: November 14, 2023, 16:43 IST