The newly appointed T20I skipper Babar Azam has discarded any doubts over captaincy affecting his performance with the bat. Speaking to reporters on the eve of his team’s departure to Australia, Babar admitted it would be tough to fill in the shoes of former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed but stated he was up for the challenge.
The 25-year-old said the vice-captaincy baton during the whitewash suffered against Sri Lanka was not the main reason for his dwindling performance in the series. He believed the added responsibility of leading the side will only galvanize him to make more runs consistently.
"It is not wise to judge me in just three matches [against Sri Lanka] that my performance suffered because I was vice-captain. In the game of cricket, you have ups and downs, and that was a poor series for us. I give 120% for the team in every single match, and I don't see why there would be an added pressure on me just because I'm captain,” he assured.