Lahore: Peshawar Zalmi skipper Babar Azam expressed disappointment over poor performance of his team in the second Eliminator match of megal event of HBL Pakistan Super League 8.
“I believe in collective team efforts rather than individual’s performance,” said Babar Azam while addressing a press conference after losing a decisive match to Lahore Qalandars.
Lahore Qalandars beat Peshawar Zalmi in the second Eliminator match of the HBL PSL 8 and qualified for the final match which is due today evening at Gaddafi Stadium.
The Peshawar Zalmi skipper said that that he enjoyed his time with the team but unfortunately their journey had to come to an end.
Peshawar Zalmi, with the help of Muhammad Haris’s impressive half-century, set a target of 172 runs for Lahore Qalandars to chase. Ultimately, Lahore Qalandars successfully achieved the target, with a loss of 6 wickets in 18.5 overs.
Babar, however, is satisfied with his own performance and enjoyed the experience. He emphasized that the success of the team as a whole is more crucial than individual success.
The skipper also noted the growth of cricket in Pakistan and the emergence of young players such as Saee Ayub and Mohammad Haris. He highlighted the importance of these opportunities for young players, as it will ultimately benefit the future of Pakistan’s cricket team.
He led his team to victory against Lahore Qalandars in the finals of PSL 8, despite the high-flying performance of Shaheen. According to Azam, Mohammad’s strategic feeding of Haris played a crucial role in the win. Azam also praised the positive attitude of young cricketers towards batting number, and emphasized the importance of longer innings.
Reflecting on the match against Lahore Qalandars, Babar acknowledged that his wicket fell at a critical moment and credited the opposition team for their performance, particularly Haris Rauf’s bowling.
At the end, he appreciated the amazing crowd turnout in PSL matches, highlighting the support he receives not only in Lahore but also in Multan, Karachi, and Rawalpindi. He considers this widespread support a positive development for cricket in Pakistan.