Taking notes from Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson, Babar Azam vows to become a success story as Pakistan captain
Newly crowned captain of the Pakistan national team, Babar Azam looks upbeat for the Australia tour and wants to emulate the likes of Team India skipper Virat Kohli and his New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson's leadership skills for the Green Army at the helm. Hailed as one of the best batsmen Pakistan currently possesses in the white-ball format, Babar was named as the successor of former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed after the latter was sacked from the captainship.
Sarfaraz faced the axe from the Pakistan selectors after leading the Green Army to series of abysmal results in the backdrop of a disappointing ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Despite entering the grandest stages of them all - the 2019 World Cup as strong contenders, Pakistan, under Sarfaraz, failed to seal their berth for the knockout stage and only managed to finish fifth in the points table.
Babar under the pump after Sarfaraz sacking
With hopes of entering the new cycle in the aftermath of the World Cup, the then Safaraz-led side contest ed a historic bilateral series with Sri Lanka and its result further paved way for his dismissal from the captaincy post along with the squad selection.
A second-string Sri Lanka side thrashed Pakistan 3-0 at home for the first time in the shortest format, resulting in Sarfaraz getting dropped and Babar becoming his immediate successor ahead of Australia tour. Many questioned the decision of promoting Babar as the captain of the Green Army as they are afraid that the premier Pakistani batsman might witness a dip in form due to added responsibilities.
Wants to emulate Kohli, Williamson
Dissolving the rising concerns ahead of the tour Down Under, Babar assured that there is no unwelcomed pressure bearing on his shoulders after taking charge as the leader of the Pakistan side and vowed to go for wins against the host nation. "Every tour is tough and Australia is always a challenging place because of the extra bounce, but we will go for wins as we always do," Azam said before adding that he is proud of being named the leader of the Pakistani side.
Taking inspiration from the serving captains of India and New Zealand, the Pakistan skipper vowed to carve-out impressive performances after a rough patch for his team. "Moreover, I'm not just thinking I'll be happy to play regardless of the results. I'm looking to get a performance out of my team, as well as my individual performances," he said.
"I look at current captains like Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli, and how well they manage their own form along with bringing results to the team. I'll try to emulate them," he added. Babar will be expected to contribute the most with the bat if he wants to become a success story as the captain of the crestfallen side.