When the Pakistan cricket team lost a crucial World Cup match against Afghanistan by eight wickets, captain Babar Azam, found himself in a heartbreaking situation at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. Not only did this turn of events disappoint Pakistani cricket fans, but it also placed serious doubt on the team’s ability to do well in the competition.
Afghanistan continued their remarkable World Cup run thanks to their courageous players, known for their grit and bravery. They played really well, and their eight-wicket triumph against Pakistan brought Pakistan dangerously close to elimination. This incredible feat of skill and determination by Afghanistan proved they could defeat the most dangerous of foes.
Pakistan’s aim of 283 runs was an enormous challenge for them on the difficult Chepauk wicket. But Rahmanullah Gurbaz stole the show with an amazing 65 runs off of just 53 balls. Afghanistan’s chase took on a more forceful and strategic tone because of Gurbaz’s innings. Combined with Ibrahim Zadran’s patient 87 runs off 113 balls, their 130-run opening partnership laid a good platform for their side.
Pakistan, who is now positioned sixth in the World Cup points table, is in a precarious position. With three straight defeats and the possibility of another loss versus South Africa, their chances of qualifying for the knockout round are slim. Once a cricketing superpower, this squad now faces an uphill battle to save its World Cup hopes.
Babar Azam Cried In The Team Hotel After Losing To Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s veteran batsman, Rahmat Shah, showed exceptional situational awareness in the face of adversity. He batted undefeated throughout the game, scoring 77 runs off of 84 balls, and served as a calming presence when things became heated. Especially impressive was his straight six down the ground off Hasan Ali, which he hit while Pakistan’s bowlers were applying pressure. He then hit the winning shot again against the same bowler, putting Afghanistan in striking reach of a victory.
While the world celebrated Afghanistan’s historic victory, a heartbreaking sight was playing out at the hotel where the Pakistan team was staying. After Pakistan’s team lost against Afghanistan, skipper Babar Azam was reportedly spotted crying, as reported by numerous media sites and confirmed by remarks from previous players. The loss affected him deeply, and he was not the only one to feel this way. Many of the squad members were visibly upset after the loss, crying over the disappointment of failing their country.
Multiple reports in media and from former players that Pakistan captain Babar Azam cried in the team hotel after losing to Afghanistan last night. Some other players had teary eyes too 💔💔💔 #CWC23 #PAKvsAFG pic.twitter.com/6RVLmVZwG7
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) October 24, 2023