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Former Pakistan captain wants Babar Azam to learn from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

The former captain also declared that India would be favorites against Pakistan due to a more balanced squad

Former Pakistan captain wants Babar Azam to learn from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has stated that Babar Azam has a long way to go before becoming a captain who can handle pressure. 

In a recent interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI), Latif declared that India would be favorites against Pakistan due to a more balanced squad when the two sides clash in the T20 World Cup on Sunday in New York. 

The India-Pakistan showdown is one of the most eagerly awaited games of the ongoing tournament, which is being co-hosted by the USA and the West Indies.

"The focus is on the game on June 9 against India. Babar Azam will be under a lot of pressure because of the game against India rather than performing in the World Cup," Latif said.

"But he has to learn to carry pressure, he should learn that from Virat and Rohit. They know how to carry the game. As a batter, Babar is one of the best but as a captain and leader, there's a lot that he needs to learn," he added.

Latif highlighted India's superior spinners and noted that, based on current form, Rohit Sharma's men are favorites for a win on Sunday. 

"Kuldeep Yadav is that one player who, if he remains fit for India throughout the World Cup, can cause trouble for batters. He is India's key bowler and also a key to success. Given the current form and stats, India has an advantage ahead of June 9," he concluded.

The Men in Green will play their T20 World Cup opener against co-hosts the USA on June 6. They will then play matches against India on June 9 and Canada on June 12 in New York. Their final league match against Ireland is slated for June 16 in Florida.

Pakistan Squad for T20 World Cup 2024: Babar Azam (C), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

Pakistan’s schedule of matches:

  • 6 June – vs USA, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Dallas
  • 9 June – vs India, Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York
  • 11 June – vs Canada, Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York
  • 16 June – vs Ireland, Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida