"People Criticise Babar...": Shadab Khan's Explosive Take On Afghanistan Loss

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Shadab Khan, Pakistan's stand-in skipper and all-rounder, believes that his team's series loss to Afghanistan will have a lot of positive effects. He also believes that the consistent efforts of experienced absentees Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will be appreciated more when they return to the national setup. At Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday, Afghanistan stunned Pakistan by winning for the second time and winning the three-match T20I series. A number of players with fewer experience and credentials were given a chance to shine in the absence of the ultra-reliable top-order pair, so Babar and Rizwan were rested for the three-game series against Afghanistan in Sharjah.

Afghanistan won their first series victory over their Asian rival with a thrilling seven-wicket victory over Pakistan on Sunday despite the results of the first two games not going according to plan.

During Pakistan's first two matches against Afghanistan, Babar and Rizwan's usual stability early in the innings has been lacking, and Shadab believes that too many people take the performances of the experienced duo for granted.

"Regardless of whether Babar and Rizwan perform, they are criticized. They are always guarded by a sword, strike rate. Shadab, as reported by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the match, stated, "We thought they would play with a better strike rate." "As a nation, we wanted our youth to come to international cricket because they were performing in the PSL (Pakistan Super League).

"However, in the end, our nation will realize that experience is important, and our seniors were not treated with the respect they deserved in light of their performances. Therefore, the media and the nation will respect them significantly more following this series," Shadab added.

In Sunday's match, Pakistan made a meager 130/6 from 20 overs and lost three wickets in the first four overs. They were always on the back foot. Pakistan were able to reach this modest total thanks to the contributions of Shadab (32 off 25 balls with three fours) and Imad Wasim (64* off 57 balls with three fours and two sixes). After Pakistan was reduced to 63/5, the two of them put together a 67-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Afghanistan's pick of the bowlers was Fazalhaq Farooqi (2/19). Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, and Naveen-ul-Haq each received one loss.

Shadab was left to wonder what might have been if his team had been able to post a slightly larger total as Afghanistan pursued that victory target with just one delivery remaining. Both Ibrahim Zadran (38 off 40 balls with three fours) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (44 off 49 balls with two fours and a six) made notable contributions for Afghanistan.

For Pakistan, Zaman Khan and Insanullah each took a wicket.

"You lose 70% of games when you lose three wickets on the powerplay...the young players were nervous." They are playing for Pakistan for the first time, but we must support them. Shadab concluded, "Our goal for this series was to evaluate promising young players that we must support in the future."

With Pakistan trailing by 2-0 in the series, the third and final Twenty20 International will be played in Sharjah on Monday. They had fallen six wickets short in the first match.


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