Former Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram asserted that former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir is entitled to his opinion after the latter made some harsh comments on the Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam’s approach and his captaincy at the ongoing T20 World Cup. While commentating on Pakistan’s group match against the Netherlands, Gambhir criticized Babar for not sending Fakhar Zaman up the batting order.
During a chat on Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir said, “In my opinion, first, you think about your team instead of yourself. If nothing goes according to your plan, you should have sent Fakhar Zaman up the batting order. This is called selfishness; as a captain, it is easy to be selfish for Babar and Rizwan to open the innings for Pakistan and create so many records. If you want to be a leader, you have to think about your team.”
Wasim Akram, while speaking to Pakistan channel A Sports, responded to the comments by saying: “Gautam Gambhir himself is a successful captain in IPL. Winning twice with KKR. One of the top players of his time, everybody, I suppose has a right to give their opinion. And that is his opinion.”
Fakhar Zaman scored 20 off 16 after Babar perished for 4 off 5 balls in Pakistan’s 6-wicket win over the Netherlands in Perth on Sunday.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who has a rough history with Gambhir, came up with a suggestion. While speaking on Samaa TV, Afridi said: “After the tournament, we will try and ask Babar to say something about him. After all, they (India) will also head straight back home to India. There is always criticism, but you need to be very careful with words.”
He further explained, “You should use words that should come as advice for the player, and you can make the people understand it as well. As far as Babar is concerned, he has given so many match-winning performances. The consistency with which he has scored, very few Pakistan batters have. He may not have risen to the expectations, which is why he is facing some flak.”
Pakistan is in a spot of bother after losing their first two matches to India and Zimbabwe. They are sitting in the fifth position with two points from three matches.