Pakistan’s newly elected T20 captain, Babar Azam seeks his inspiration from Indian skipper Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s captain kane Williamson. Babar Azam says that he wants to imitate them as a captain in his first series which is against Australia.
Babar Azam has been appointed as T20 captain in place of Sarfaraz Ahmad who has recently been dropped off from squad of Australia series and also has been sacked as captain of all cricket formats.
Newly appointed T20 captain has also performed as a vice-captain in Pakistan’s last T20 series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan lost in awful manner being whitewashed. Also, Babar hasn’t done knocks with the bat. However, in this regards, Babar has said that it wasn’t his vice-captaincy which has affected his performance.
“People judged in three matches [against Sri Lanka] that my performance suffered because I was vice-captain,” Azam said of Friday, 25 October. “That’s not how it works. In the game of cricket, you have ups and downs, and that was a poor series for us, no question. I give 120% for the team in every single match, and I don’t see why there would be any pressure on me just because I’m the captain. I’ll continue to play as I always have, and I’m sure the performances will come.
“Moreover, I’m not just thinking I’ll be happy to play regardless of the results. I’m looking to get a performance out of my team, as well as my individual performances. I look at current captains like Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli, and how well they manage their own form along with bringing results to the team. I’ll try to emulate them,” he added.
“Every tour is tough and Australia is always a challenging place because of the extra bounce, but we will go for wins as we always do,”
“I have toured Australia as skipper of Pakistan Under-19 (2012) and with the Pakistan team three years ago, so I have experience of those conditions.” Says Babar Azam.