Leading the Pakistan cricket team is no easy task and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed’s regular outbursts on the field tells a lot about the captaincy pressures.
Babar Azam too is feeling the heat these days and since becoming the vice captain, he seems to get angry as well when things don’t go as planned, revealed skipper Sarfaraz.
“Babar has been recently announced vice captain, so what used to happen was when I used to get a bit angry, Babar who stood alongside at slips used to calm me down, but since he has became the vice captain himself, Babar tells me that he gets much angrier,” revealed Sarfaraz.
Speaking about his recent weight loss, the skipper, who was trolled for being overweight for quite some time, said that he is now avoiding all junk food and is following a strict protein diet. “It seems that I have almost stopped eating and am now following a strict protein diet alongside eating some vegetables as well,” said the skipper.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed also admitted that he is responsible for the team’s failure, after the Men in Green failed to avoid a 3-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka.
“When the team isn’t performing then the captain is responsible,” said the captain during the post match conference. Sarfaraz said that the team, despite getting a good start, lost their way in the middle, losing the third match in process.
Sarfaraz said that the team failed to express themselves and took pressures in all aspects of the game. The captain further said that they excluded veteran players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez as they wanted to try other players during the series before the Australia tour.
“We need to improve in all facets. If we keep dropping catches like this in the middle overs, we won’t be able to beat any team,” he said.
Sarfaraz, who seemed visibly shaken and perturbed by this shocking series loss at the hands of the second-string Lankan side, said, “We need to demonstrate a higher level of cricket if we have to retain our number tag in the T20 cricket, we need to work really hard.”
He added there was no excuse to defeat. “If you don’t perform in the middle [ground] how can you win,” he said.
Sarfaraz, who also dropped a catch in 3rd T20I, defended his own conduct, saying that his mistake did not hurt the team. “I admit that I dropped a catch but that batsman was out in the next over so it did not really hurt the team.”