Ali is heavily criticised for his dismal performance in test series against England (Photo: Twitter @AzharAli_)

A player should respect their teammates, especially in difficult times. We all have seen how sometimes, a player may not be able to perform and deliver at their best potential. Such are the times when support from teammates is highly appreciated. 

Especially the captain’s support in such times is highly required, as it motivates the player to recover and move on. We all mistakes, it is only human. The best any player can do is move on and focus on the next game.

Sarfaraz Ahmed has backed current skipper Azhar Ali and said that the men in green will bounce back after the bitter defeat in the first Test against England at Manchester. This was refreshing for the fans to see. 

Azhar Ali faced widespread scrutiny from fans and former national cricketers after an abject performance with the bat and as a captain. “It will hurt the Pakistan team and the cricket lovers in Pakistan,” former captain Wasim Akram tells in an interview.

“It is easy to criticize with hindsight but we also need to acknowledge if someone posts a partnership like that. Every time you can’t blame the captaincy but I am here to take responsibility that we could not defend a total, as a team, which we should have,” Azhar said while talking to reporters during virtual press-conference.

“When I bat, I am not thinking about the captaincy, whether or not I am out of form, and when I am captain, I do not think about my batting at all,” he adds.

“Winning and losing is part of cricket, but I think our captain missed a trick quite a few times in this game, as far as his leadership is concerned.”