With New Zealand on the verge of amassing a massive total in the 2023 World Cup clash against Pakistan at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, netizens have come down hard on Babar Azam. Most fans have labelled Babar Azam as the worst captain for sending the Kiwis into bat after winning the toss.
Pakistan face a make or break game against New Zealand at the Chinnaswamy Stadium as they must win to stay in the hunt for playoffs spot. However, the 1992 World Cup winners could find themselves chasing a massive target, much as it happened against Australia at the same venue and Pakistan fell well short despite a good start.
Pakistan's team selection also raised eyebrows as they went with 4 pacers, dropping the lone specialist spinner in Usama Mir for Hasan Ali. Hasan Ali provided the breakthrough by dismissing the dangerous Devon Conway for 35 in the 11th over, but Pakistan didn't have any success over the next 20 overs as Rachin Ravindra and the returning Kane Williamson stitched a solid partnership.
Williamson departed for 95 in the 35th over after Ravindra scored his 3rd hundred of the tournament, putting the Black Caps in pole position with more than 10 overs to go. Most notably, he didn't set attacking fields for Williamson, who was returning after a considerably long break.
The Kiwis will be also keen to break their three-match losing streak, which has put their campaign in a tricky spot after 4 consecutive wins.
Here's how netizens have reacted to Babar Azam's captaincy in the 2023 World Cup clash against New Zealand: