As Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam reached the milestone of his 100th ODI match against New Zealand, he revealed his aspirations for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, set to take place in October and November this year in India. Babar shared his ambitious goal of leading Pakistan to victory in the prestigious tournament during a recent PCB podcast.
Speaking on the podcast, Babar said, “Being the captain of a World Cup-winning side would be sweet.” This statement highlights his commitment to the team’s success and reflects his dedication as the leader of the Pakistani cricket team.
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Pakistan’s recent series win against New Zealand showcased Babar’s impressive captaincy skills and the team’s strong form, boosting their confidence as they prepare for the World Cup. The team’s fans and supporters eagerly await their performance in India, where Babar Azam will seek to make his World Cup-winning dream a reality.
Babar recalled the challenges he faced, such as not being selected for the national academy and the sacrifices he made to become an international cricketer. He also acknowledged the significant role former head coach Mickey Arthur played in his transformation as a cricketer, particularly in helping him turn his promising starts into big knocks.
Elevated to captaincy in 2019, Babar’s numbers improved dramatically, with his ODI average exceeding 75 and scoring seven tons in 25 matches as captain. He also registered all three of his T20I tons while leading the side. Babar mentioned the challenges he faced in his first year as captain and credited former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for providing guidance.
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Babar believes in providing clarity and maintaining honest communication with his team members, as it creates a positive environment and unifies the team. As captain, he enjoys taking on the dual responsibility of focusing on his performance and running the team.