In the opening ODI of the three-game series, Pakistan faced a challenging situation versus Afghanistan. They recorded a score of 54/3 after 13 overs. The notable setback was Babar Azam’s departure, with Mujeeb ur Rahman dismissing him without scoring.
Interestingly, Babar’s reaction to the precise umpire decision also attracted attention. During the second over of the innings, Mujeeb delivered a full-length delivery on the final ball.
Babar attempted to defend by stepping forward, but the ball hit his pads right in front of the middle stump, making it seem like a straightforward dismissal. The Afghan team appealed, leading to the umpire giving Babar out.
Despite this, Babar Azam opted to review the decision, a choice that faced substantial backlash on social media. Renowned worldwide for his exceptional strokeplay and seamless timing, Babar Azam is regarded as a top-tier batsman.
Yet, the highly acclaimed Pakistani batter faced significant backlash for squandering a review by contesting an unmistakably clear LBW decision following a direct hit on his pads in line with the stumps.