Ever since their dismal outing at the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has brought in noticeable changes in a bid to prepare better for the future assignments. From changing the coach to bringing in healthy diet, Pakistan cricket team has undergone a major overhaul.
More recently, a crackdown on Sarfaraz Ahmed's captaincy saw the PCB opting for split-captaincy. While Sarfaraz remains Pakistan's captain in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), the likes of Azhar Ali and Babar Azam have been handed the responsibilities of leading the national sides in Tests and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) respectively.
Following a 3-0 whitewash in the T20I series against Sri Lanka at home, Babar was looking forward to lead Pakistan's charge as the great Australian challenge beckoned. But, while many thought it was premature move which could affect the form of arguably Pakistan's best batsman at the moment, Babar sought inspiration from successful leaders like Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli.
Leading Pakistan in the three-match T20I series against Australia, Babar was looking solid with his gritty fifty in the first match before incessant rain ruined the opening contest as a 'No Result'. In the second T20I at Canberra, Babar carried on his fine form and recorded his second consecutive fifty in the series.
While his resurgent innings kept the scoreboard ticking, it was Iftikhar Ahmed's blazing 34-ball 62 that powered Pakistan to a competitive total of 150 runs at the loss of six wickets. Though the popular perception over Babar's form, owing to the added responsibility of leading Pakistan, was put to rest by the right-hander with his fifty, the captain of the visiting team witnessed a moment of frustration during their innings.November 5, 2019
In the 12th over, the visitors had already lost three wickets with their run-rate not as flowing as one would have expected. While Babar was looking to stitch a partnership in a bid to stabilise the innings, his partner Asif Ali witnessed a rare lapse of judgement which led to his dismissal.
Facing only his fifth delivery of the match, Ali, rather than looking to rotate the strike and let his skipper take charge, went for an unnecessary slog-sweep which went straight into the hands of Pat Cummins for a simple catch at long on. As the hosts rejoiced in a huddle, Babar was seen venting out his frustration with a hand gesture at his partner's poor shot selection.
As soon as the video of Babar's hand gesture, drawn out of frustration, surfaced on social media, cricket fans across the globe took the opportunity to sympathise with the new Pakistan captain.
Poor Babar. His team plays with no heart— BZQ (@bzq122) November 5, 2019
Any one will get frustrated...
Previous ball itself Asif didn't come back for 2nd run and then the next delivery he does this thing and throws his wicket...#babarazam ...
He needs a better team. We couldn't win the matches with these muppets.— Haris Ahmed ðµð° (@HarisAh99) November 5, 2019
bhai very irresponsible shot by asif ali. babar couldn't control his frustration.— ð (@firkey_) November 5, 2019
Babar deserves better teammates.
Can't win matches if no one else is helping.
Gotta love Babar!ðð #AUSvPAK— ðTanmay (@fast_hostile) November 5, 2019
@babarazam258 he needs a better team now at least— Kuch-bhi-Mahesh (@mahesh40056633) November 5, 2019