T20 World Cup: Babar Azam playing under great stress, mother was critically ill during India game reveals father

Babar Azam’s father has revealed that the Pakistan captain has been leading the Men in Green under great stress as his mother battled for life back home. Pakistan have been the team to beat in the T20 World Cup this edition, having clinched three wins on the trot to put themselves in pole position to make the semi-finals. And while the Azam and Co. have been lauded for the resilience and spirit on the field, the Pakistan captain is fighting a different battle off it as his mother was hospitalised on the day of the game against India.

Babar Azam’s father took to Instagram to reveal that his son had put in the hard yards on the field while battling the stress of his ailing mother back home. During the game against India, where Babar scored an unbeaten half-century, Azam’s mother was critically ill and had to undergo an operation.

The Pakistan captain’s father, Azam Siddique wrote, “Congratulations to the nation for Pakistan’s win in all three matches. Our family was put through a tough test during this time as, on the day of the match against India, Babar’s mother was in critical condition and had an operation.”

Babar Azam’s father added, “Babar played these three matches under great distress. I shouldn’t have gone to watch the match [considering the situation] but I didn’t want Babar to feel weak. The purpose of sharing this with the world is that people should not unnecessarily criticise their national heroes [if they fail to perform, as there could be different reasons behind that].”

As per Geo TV, the Pakistan cricket team’s management also confirmed that Babar Azam’s mother is now recovering, adding that she was on a ventilator on the day of the match. Siddique also confirmed the Pakistan captain’s mother is in a stable condition now. He added that he is aware when someone achieves success in life, they also have to undergo tests and signed off his post writing, “Pakistan zindabad (long live Pakistan).”

Despite the adversity, Babar Azam has been in fine form putting his best foot forward for his country. Azam scored an unbeaten 68 against India, and while went out cheaply against New Zealand, he followed it up with another half-century against Afghanistan. The captain has been the focal point of Pakistan’s batting and the Men in Green will hope that he can continue piling on the runs for his side.