SA VS PAK ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Just when it looked like Babar Azam had come back in form and would revive this sinking ship of Pakistan, the same things happened. It must be frustrating to be a fan of Men In Green.
It has been a troublesome campaign for both Pakistan and Babar Azam. The Men In Green have won only 2 matches out of the five and are looking at the possibility of getting knocked out. That is why the match against South Africa in Chennai is really important.
On the other hand, Babar Azam has looked like a shell of his previous self. He has scored 3 half-centuries in the tournament so far, but none of them are impressive. Every inning has been slow and full of struggle.
Disappointment Struck Again
The Pakistan skipper was looking impressive against South Africa and was playing at a decent pace. He completed his half-century in 60 deliveries and it looked a perfect platform to build from there.
But once again, in a brain fade moment, the skipper played a shot like a novice. There is nothing wrong with playing risky shots, but when you have played 64 balls, shots like these are plain stupidity.
In the 28th over of the match, Shamsi was bowling to Babaz Azam. The Pakistan skipper decided to be cheeky and tried to scoop a ball from the off stump. He missed the ball completely and De Kock collected it.
SA VS PAK ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Brilliant Review
The umpire declared it as not out. But Temba Bavuma alongside Quinton De Kock took a brilliant review that showed the ball has edged the bat. Babar was shocked and disappointed at his stupidity.
It was an opportunity to score big from the platform that he built for himself. But just like always he failed to do so.