Amir backs Babar Azam to bounce back against India

Babar Azam has scored a total of 15 runs in the first two World Cup matches

Amir backs Babar Azam to bounce back against India PHOTO: FILE

Mohammad Amir has expressed his support for Pakistan captain Babar Azam, anticipating a strong performance from him in the ICC World Cup 2023 match against India in Ahmedabad. 

Despite Azam's subpar performance in the first two matches of the tournament, Amir emphasized Azam's stature as a crucial player for Pakistan.

Amir highlighted that Azam's previous underwhelming performances should not be indicative of his future capabilities, asserting that Azam possesses the skill and resilience to bounce back.

“Babar is a big player for Pakistan and there is no doubt about it. If he has not scored in the first two matches that doesn’t mean that he will fail in the next match as well. He has the ability to make a comeback and I hope he will do that,” Amir said.

However, Amir acknowledged that Indian batsman Virat Kohli holds an advantage over Azam heading into the highly anticipated clash. Expressing a personal preference for Kohli, Amir acknowledged Kohli's consistent performance in pressure situations, particularly against Pakistan.

“However, personally Virat is my favourite. He has always performed in pressure games, especially against Pakistan. I think both Babar and Virat will have to play a key role today but I think Kohli has the edge over Babar,” he added.