Pakistan captain Babar Azam is getting praise from everyone for his great gesture of respect for veteran Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi.
During the PAK vs AFG World Cup 2023 game on Monday in Chennai, when Babar Azam was batting his shoelaces got untied when he reached the non-striker’s end after taking a run. The bowler at the time, Mohammad Nabi, saw it and came near Babar Azam and even bent low to tie Babar’s shoelace.
While initially, it seemed that Babar was looking for someone to tie his shoelace so that he didn’t have to remove his gloves, upon seeing that Mohammad Nabi, a veteran cricketer and also older than him in age, was trying to help, Babar refused to allow Nabi to tie his shoelace as a mark of respect for the veteran cricketer.
Both Babar and Nabi then shared a smile before Babar removed his gloves to tie his own shoelace. The video of this brief, yet sweet moment where both cricketers reflected the respet they have for each other has gone viral.
Watch: Babar Azam shows great gesture to Nabi; doesn’t allow him to tie his shoelace
— Cricket Dekh Lo (@Hanji_CricDekho) October 23, 2023
Babar Azam top-scored for Pakistan
The PAK skipper scored 74 runs in 92 balls and top-scored for his side against Afghanistan in Chennai. Babar was looking set for a ton but hit a ball straight to cover fielder. Azam was visibly upset with himself after getting out to a ball that he could have hit for a boundary. Shafique scored 58 runs while Shadab and Iftikhar both scored 40 runs each, taking Pakistan’s score to 282 runs.
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil(w), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad
Pakistan (Playing XI): Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf