Babar Azam, the Pakistan cricket team captain, has gained popularity not just for his on-field performances but also for his sportsman spirit. He has been seen supporting his counterparts during difficult times, and the latest example is his heartfelt tweet for New Zealand ODI skipper Kane Williamson.
Kane Williamson’s Injury:
Williamson suffered a freak injury while fielding during the IPL 2023 opener between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings in Ahmedabad last week. Scans conducted revealed that he has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his right knee, and he is set to go under the knife in the next few weeks. This injury effectively rules him out of the upcoming ODI World Cup, scheduled to take place in India in October-November this year.
Babar Azam’s Heartfelt Tweet:
Realising that Williamson might miss out on the opportunity of leading his side in an ODI World Cup for the last time, Babar Azam came up with a heartfelt tweet. He shared a photo of himself with Williamson and captioned it, “Bounce back stronger. Get well soon Kane Williamson.” This gesture from Babar Azam shows his empathy and respect for his counterparts, even those from opposing teams.
Babar Azam’s Previous Gesture:
This is not the first time that Babar Azam has shown support for an opposition cricketer. Last year, when Indian skipper Virat Kohli was going through a rough patch with the bat during the England series, Babar tweeted a photo of himself with Kohli and wrote, “This too shall pass, stay strong.” This tweet also gained a lot of praise from fans across the globe who lauded Babar for his sportsman spirit.
Babar Azam’s gesture of support for Kane Williamson shows that cricket is beyond borders and that players can respect and empathise with their counterparts. Babar will soon lead Pakistan in a three-match T20I series against New Zealand to be played in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi from April 14 to May 7, with the support of ace pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi. Fans will undoubtedly be looking forward to seeing Babar’s brilliant performances on the field.