Babar Azam was about to cry and fell down after Pakistan’s defeat against Afghanistan in World Cup, says Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Babar Azam was about to cry and fell down after Pakistan’s defeat against Afghanistan in World Cup, says Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Babar Azam’s emotional moment after the PAK-AFG 2023 World Cup game has left a lasting impression on Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batter, Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The incident unfolded after Afghanistan’s triumphant eight-wicket victory over Pakistan in Chennai, where despite Babar’s commendable 74, the Men in Green couldn’t defend their score of 282.

Recalling the post-game interaction, Gurbaz expressed admiration for Babar Azam’s resilience.

“I didn’t want to say it on camera, but I must say, he was on the verge of crying. He felt down, and I’ve never seen a player in that state. Everyone was criticizing him. But I admire Babar bhai, he showed great strength and perseverance. He never gave up,” Gurbaz said on India Today.

“I’ll always remember that moment with Babar. After beating Pakistan, I requested his bat. When he brought it, he was visibly disappointed, and as a player, I could feel that. I understand that feeling, you know, losing the game and then facing this, especially in such a situation. He was under immense pressure. I recall feeling emotional too, he’s one of the finest players and captains,” he added.

The defeat marked Pakistan’s third consecutive loss following a promising 2-0 start to their 2023 World Cup campaign. Ultimately, the Men in Green finished fifth on the points table, missing out on a semi-final berth. The outcome led to Babar Azam stepping down from captaincy duties in all formats.

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