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‘Qudrat ka inteqaam’ goes viral after Pakistan’s T20 World Cup shock

“Qudrat ka inteqam” became one of the top trends on X after Babar Azam’s Pakistan suffered an early exit from the 2024 T20 World Cup.

The Green Army's exit from the tournament came after the match between the USA and Ireland had to be abandoned due to heavy rain in Florida.

After Pakistan botched their comeback against India earlier in the event, their fate was out of their hands and Babar Azam and his men needed certain things to qualify for the Super Eight. Ireland's victory over the USA was essential for Pakistan to secure a place in the Super Eight, but that did not happen as the rain gods called off the match between Ireland and the hosts.

With the abandonment of the match between Ireland and the USA, the USA now moved five points ahead, making their score unattainable for the Pakistani team.

Even if Pakistan were to win its final group match, it would only have four points, which would not be enough to qualify for the Super Eight.

Although Pakistan's exit from the T20 World Cup was confirmed on Friday, former players, including those from their own country, believe Babar Azam and Co. have lost the plot after their shock consecutive defeats to the USA and India earlier in the high-profile biennial competition.

While their batters put in a subdued performance in the opening match against the USA, the Pakistan batting line-up crumbled under the pressure and lost a close match against India after failing in the second half of their run chase, finishing 113-7 in their allotted 20 overs. The Indians claimed a hard-fought victory by six runs over their arch-rivals, with pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah delivering an impressive display of his blistering fast bowling, taking 3 wickets for 14.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, an avowed fan of Babar Azam, also criticised his leadership skills during the T20 World Cup. He claimed that Babar Azam has not improved as a captain in the last three and a half years and the Pakistan cricket team is suffering due to his inability to take proactive decisions on the field.

“Cricket fans on social media should criticise Babar's captaincy but consistent players like him are rare in Pakistan cricket. Babar's individual performances have been good. Yes, it is true that he did not impress in the World Cup. I have always wanted Babar to emerge as a match-winner like we do with Virat Kohli. He was not a match-winner from day one but he has evolved,” Shahid Afridi said on his YouTube channel.

“Babar Azam is being criticised. It is happening because he is the captain. I am an admirer of Babar but he has been given three to three and a half years as captain and there has been no noticeable result or improvement. The first question to the selection committee is why he has been made captain again when he has not shown any improvement (previously)? As players, we have never criticised Babar, only his captaincy. A leader's decision is very important – it can change the outcome of a match, a captain should be able to interact with the players. So these are some things where Babar could not improve,” said Shahid Afridi.

On the other hand, former England captain Michael Vaughan criticised Babar Azam's captaincy during the T20 World Cup. He stressed that Pakistan should have won the match against India but Babar Azam's leadership let the team down.

“I still don't see him as a T20 captain. I see him as a Test and 50-over captain. In both those formats, he is an outstanding player. In T20 cricket, his game is very good, he is a pure player, but he is not among the top 15 batters in the world in T20 cricket. I think there are better players than him,” Michael Vaughan told Cricbuzz.

“But I don't want them to change him (the captain) again. The assumption is that they need to have some consistency. There is no point in changing him again. Even though he is not perfect as a captain in T20 cricket, I think it is worth keeping him consistent for this period because the last thing Pakistan needs is a bit more kamikaze, substitutions and overreactions. I think most Pakistan fans will be realistic about how this team is performing. They don't actually have a great team at the moment, on paper it's just not a very good team. It is up to the coaches, selectors and the system in Pakistan to try and give the powers that be (captain and coaches) the opportunity to select a pool of players,” he added.