Shoaib Akhtar expressed his confidence in Babar Azam’s leadership and ability to deliver a standout performance as captain for Pakistan in their ODI World Cup encounter against Sri Lanka. This show of trust came in response to Sri Lanka’s impressive batting display in Hyderabad on Tuesday during the 8th match of the ICC World Cup 2023. Kusal Mendis, a prominent Sri Lankan batsman, and wicketkeeper Sadeera Samarawickrama both reached centuries, propelling Sri Lanka to a substantial total of 344-9 in their 50-over innings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Standing firmly behind Pakistan’s cricket sensation, Babar Azam, the legendary Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar showed his unwavering support for the top-ranked One Day International (ODI) batsman. He hoped for a remarkable run-chase from the 1992 World Cup champions. During the break between innings, Akhtar took to social media to post a video in support of Babar and his team. His message on the microblogging platform read, “I’m placing my trust in King Babar!!” However, Akhtar became the target of online mockery after Babar’s performance fell short of expectations in the high-scoring contest between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Akhtar’s video, captioned as ‘I’m placing my trust in King Babar,’ quickly garnered widespread attention on social media.
Regrettably, during Pakistan’s innings, Babar Azam was dismissed after scoring just 10 runs from 15 balls in the eighth over. Sri Lankan bowler Dilshan Madushanka skillfully outmaneuvered the Pakistani captain in Hyderabad, securing a crucial wicket. This performance led to lighthearted teasing from fans, with one jesting, “Missed by 190 is trending in my country,” while another humorously remarked, “Only 10 runs, all because of your trust.”