PAK vs NZ: “He adapts very quickly to any style of cricket” – Dinesh Chandimal defends Babar Azam after recent criticism


Many fans and analysts believe that Babar Azam should be relieved of his duties as captain of the Pakistan cricket team as the elegant batsman has recently been the target of criticism.

In last year’s Asia Cup final, the 28-year-old led Pakistan to a shock defeat to Sri Lanka, which was followed by a defeat to England in the T20 World Cup.

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After the ICC Championship, they were beaten 3–0 by England in a three-match Test series and then tied in a two-match Test series by New Zealand. In a recent three-match ODI series against New Zealand, they were beaten by two wickets.

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Dinesh Chandimal praises Babar Azam’s consistency

Dinesh Chandimal, a major in Sri Lanka, defended Babar and praised him for his steadfastness. Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, he said: “It is not easy to maintain a consistent performance, but the Pakistani captain has performed well in all three formats; he adapts very quickly to any style of cricket.”

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With 2598 runs in 52 innings, with a top score of 196, Babar ended the year as the top scorer in international cricket. He also hit eight tons and 17 half-centuries. The other Pakistani batsman to finish in the top 10 of the ICC ranking, in fourth place, is Mohammad Rizwan. With a best score of 104*, the wicketkeeper-batter scored 1598 runs in 47 innings. He also hit a century and 12 50s.

Chandimal believes that both Pakistan and Sri Lanka can play an interesting style of cricket if they both travel to the island.

“We look forward to welcoming the Pakistani team again. Pakistan is a very good team and the Sri Lanka team is looking forward to playing good cricket against them this year.”he said.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (PC-TBEN)

Misbah-ul-Haq, a former head coach and player, has also lent support to Babar as of late and believes the captain comes across as weak to his detractors in the media. Misbah asked the Pakistan team to stick together, keep Babar as captain and make a choice in a relaxed manner.

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