Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team Babar Azam appeared in a glamorous video, which quickly went viral. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made this promotional package for the captain before he had to do a press conference.
Cricket fans talked more about the way he walked in to the conference rather than the discussion that happened there.
Babar Azam Arrives At Qaddafi Stadium In Style
Azam arrived in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore for press conference. It was for the upcoming Test Match against New Zealand in December. The test series will start from 18th December and will last till first week of January. There is obviously a mounting pressure but the captain seemed sharp in both; the conference and confidence.
It showed from his looks that he was ready to transform the performance of team like he transformed his looks. Ex-captain Sarfaraz Ahmad faced a lot criticism and discrimination from audience and athletes alike. Shoaib Akhtar once called him a brainless captain for poor team management.
Pakistani Cricket Fans React To Viral Video
Cricket affectionados were stunned after watching Azam in this avatar. He certainly did not appear like this in front of the mass audience which is why it surprised many. Some even thought that PCB might have figured out how to carry out personality development of players.
Those who follow Babar Azam’s performance closely, know how much reliable he is among his teammates. They put faith in him, and he usually rewards it. His fans said that the same confidence is shown through his new look as well
He surely set it on fire with this slaying look.
Babar Azam’s new look makes him stand in line with the likes of Shahid Afridi who has huge fan following among females for his what seems to be an impressive personality.
When cricket fans saw Babar in this attire, it uplifted their spirits in winning the Test match against Kiwis. After all, he wanted captaincy and the responsibility that comes with it
For others, the glorification of the captain was funny because it appeared in the video that he traveled a long distance to arrive at his destination. This may be true metaphorically but geographically it could be have taken him only 10 minutes from his house to the venue.
Speaking about reality, the cricket lovers were worried if all the fame and glamour would get to the athlete’s head and cause trouble in his performance. They also raised this concern when Hassan Ali’s dance video went viral
What Happens To Cricketers When Their Personality Is Focused
The spectators watch the game for sport rather than glamour. Which is why their concern for players can be justified. They want them focused on their core objective and avoid any potential distraction. Especially Babar Azam, who has been a key player of Pakistan cricket team. In 2019, he was the leading Test and ODI scorer for Pakistan. He has scored 5 centuries in Test matches and 12 in ODIs. He recently named Player of PSL 2020 when his team Karachi Kings defeated Lahore Qalandars. He scored total 473 runs in the tournament.
He has become crucial for the team’s survival, which is why most people are worried if this celebratory treatment will deteriorate his performance on the pitch. It has happened many times before, especially with desi athletes. They tend to lose their own interest, skill, and consistency due to various distractions like modeling or working in ads.
While glamour is not evil like others but the light it shines can be blindingly bright. It offers many attractive financial opportunities for a lot less effort than cricket. So, the cricket fans in Pakistan are just hoping that Babar doesn’t become one of those to leave cricket for glamour. His performance usually makes a good impact on final scores in most matches.