Azam is also the captain of the Pakistan team. While he is yet to win an ICC event as a vcaptain, under his leadership Pakistan qualified for the semi-final of the 2021 T20 World Cup. Allrounder Shadab Khan has played with both Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed, who led Pakistan to the 2017 Champions Trophy win, and has compared the two players’ captaincy style.
“Sarfaraz was an active captain on the field whereas Babar Azam does not depict his emotions much and stays calm. He said that Babar got under pressure in his early phase of captaincy but he is well settled now,” Shadab was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan in a Twitter Space.
Recently, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad highlighted that Babar has led the team from the front, saying that the team is playing more as a unit under his leadership.
“Team is playing as a unit, and the credit goes to our players as well as our number one captain. He (Babar) is our captain cool. He doesn’t lose his temper and led the team brilliantly,” Miandad said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
Miandad said that Babar hasn’t let captaincy affect his game, which can be the case at times. “The most important thing is he is performing brilliantly himself. He leads from the front. Often, if a captain doesn’t perform, it can affect the team negatively and it leads to his downfall. Babar Azam is mature now. He should be the captain of the team as long as he plays,” said Miandad, represented Pakistan in 124 Tests and 233 ODIs.
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