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'He Has Demoralised Players': Dinesh Karthik 'Blasts' Babar Azam's Leadership Vs USA

Babar's leadership and performance cricticised [AP]
Babar's leadership and performance cricticised [AP]

In a surprising start to the T20 World Cup 2024, Pakistan suffered a shocking defeat to the USA in Dallas. Pakistan captain Babar Azam's 44 and Shadab Khan's quick 40 off 25 balls helped them reach 159/7.

But Andries Gous (35) and Aaron Jones (36) as well as USA skipper Monank Patel's half-century tied the scores, forcing a Super Over. Pakistan set a target of 19 but fell short, giving the USA a historic win.

Dinesh Karthik Offers Insights on Babar Azam’s Leadership Style

Following the match, Babar Azam expressed frustration with his team’s performance. However, former Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik, in a conversation with Cricbuzz, emphasized the importance of a leader maintaining confidence and optimism.

"As a leader, you must find ways to publicly support your players," Karthik said. "Inside the dressing room, you can address issues directly, but publicly, you need to back your team. It’s essential to balance honesty with understanding team dynamics."

Karthik also critiqued Babar's post-match comments. 

"He's newly appointed as captain. Players are feeling vulnerable, and he should say, 'Yes, it was a bad day, but we can improve.' Simply stating the team played badly is obvious and could demoralize the players."

Karthik pointed out that such comments might dishearten the team.

Karthik also commented on Babar's on-field behavior, "His conduct, like aggressively confronting bowlers, does not show effective leadership. There are better ways to express disappointment without unsettling the players."

Despite Pakistan's strong seam attack, they managed only three wickets. Haris Rauf's final over allowed USA to tie the scores, prompting a furious reaction from Babar.

Looking ahead, Pakistan faces arch-rivals India on June 9 in New York, hoping to revive their Super 8s chances.