Following the Pakistan Super League (PSL) game between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United, Pakistan’s cricket team captain Babar Azam, who is known for his astute news conference comments, was in excellent form. Babar fought for Karachi Kings up until the last round of the competition before joining Zalmi. A journalist decided to ask about Babar’s connection to the group. Babar offered the reporter a direct reaction when asked what changes the team might make because the Karachi Kings have struggled to perform well this season.
What is the name of the head coach? Aapse mujhse puch rahe hai, ke baare mein. If so, am I a match? Do I serve as their coach? Why are you curious about them? Let’s talk about the game today,” he said.
The reaction reminded me of a similiar conversation between Pakistani journalist and India skipper Rohit Sharma. “I can tell,” the right-handed batter responded when asked what would happen if he were Pakistan’s coach. He said, “Agar main Pakistan ka coach bana to main bataunga, abhi kya bataunga,” when asked how Pakistani hitters may get better. What should I say next?
Babar managed to score the team’s greatest half-century, but he was unable to lead Peshawar Zalmi over Islamabad United. Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit 62 off only 31 deliveries to hand Zalmi a humiliating six-wicket loss in response to Hasan Ali’s superb bowling effort that stopped Zalmi from accumulating a significant score.