Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Pakistan faced one of the biggest upsets in the T20 World Cup history as the team faced a Super Over defeat against minnows USA in their opening match of the 2024 edition in Dallas on Thursday.

Following Pakistan's shocking defeat, captain Babar Azam didn't mince his words as he attributed early loss of wickets and poor batting display as the major reasons. 

However, Babar's remarks didn't go down well with former India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik. The former star criticised the Pakistan skipper for not backing his players publicly.

According to Karthik, most of the players in the side are 'vulnerable', with a fair few, including Amir making a comeback to the side after many years. 

"As a leader, you need to find a way to be diplomatic in press conferences, somehow find a way to back your players. Inside the four walls of the dressing room, you can say what you want and have a go at a few people, but you need to find a way to back your players. It's one thing to be honest, another thing to try to understand the team dynamics," said Karthik during an interaction.

"A lot of players are vulnerable right now, and he needs to back them. He needs to say, 'yes, it was a bad day. We probably could've done certain things better, but we will make sure once we get on a roll, we have special players'. That's the kind of language. To state that we didn't play well in the first six overs, we lost too many wickets... it's stating the obvious," he added.

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