South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has come to the defense of Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-format captain, in the wake of criticism surrounding Babar’s struggles against left-arm spin bowlers. In a recent interview, Shamsi expressed his disbelief at the notion of fans viewing Babar as weak, particularly when his international cricket average stands at fifty, a remarkable achievement.
Shamsi went on to emphasize Babar’s status as a world-class batter, highlighting that maintaining a fifty-average in international cricket is a significant accomplishment that should not be underestimated. He firmly dismissed the criticism Babar faced, deeming it “uncalled for” in light of his consistent performances.
Addressing concerns about Babar’s recent encounters with Prabath Jayasuriya during the Sri Lanka Test series, Shamsi maintained that any batter can face challenges from various bowlers on any given day. He urged fans and pundits to appreciate Babar’s exceptional accomplishments, such as his record-breaking centuries in the recent past.
During the Test series against Sri Lanka, Babar struggled against Jayasuriya, managing to score only 76 runs across two matches, with an average of 25.33. Impressively, Jayasuriya dismissed Babar three times during the series, leading to discussions about Babar’s performance against left-arm spin. Shamsi’s supportive stance underscores the broader perspective that Babar Azam’s overall record merits appreciation, and occasional challenges are part of the game.