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Babar Azam's bizarre reply to the author after Pakistan's defeat goes viral

Babar Azam’s bizarre response to a journalist after Pakistan’s surprise defeat to the USA in the T20 World Cup goes viral on the internet.

As the Pakistani team suffered a defeat in the Super Over, their chances of qualifying for the next round diminished.

In the post-match press conference, Babar Azam was asked difficult questions about his team's dismal performance at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.

A journalist asked Babar Azam whether the US victory over Pakistan was a “surprise” or whether their opponents had played exceptionally well.

Babar Azam seemed to misunderstand the reporter's question and instead told him that he was “angry” about the result.

This made Babar Azam a laughing stock on social media after Pakistan suffered a defeat against the USA in the T20 World Cup.

Moreover, netizens lambasted the Pakistan cricket team after the South Asian team showed poor performance in all areas in the match against the USA.

In addition, “Lumber 1” became one of the top trends on Twitter.

For those who don't know, trolls use 'Lumber 1' to attack Babar Azam for previously being the highest-ranked batsman in the format. But mostly, social media users make fun of him for batting slowly in T20s.

He became the butt of ridicule on social media after his subpar batting performance contributed significantly to Pakistan's shock defeat to the USA in the T20 World Cup.

The fans brutalized Babar Azam after Pakistan looked like an inferior team. Their batsmen, led by Babar Azam, showed a rather unusual approach on the field. Instead of taking on the USA bowlers, they played cautiously and allowed them to put pressure on them.

Babar Azam, in particular, failed to break free from his shackles as he failed to keep up the rhythm during his innings of 44 off 43 deliveries. Fans were so infuriated by his batting performance that they dubbed his knock as the 'Test innings'.

Apart from Babar Azam, no Pakistani top-order batsman made a significant contribution to the total; Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Khan and Fakhar Zaman scored 9, 3 and 11 respectively.

Thanks to their lower middle order, Pakistan managed to post 159/7 in the allotted 20 overs after important contributions from Shadab Khan (40 off 25 balls) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (23 off 16 deliveries).

With Pakistan performing below par overall, the Americans believed they could inflict a shock defeat on the 2009 T20 World Champions.

Unlike the Pakistanis, who were cautious during the powerplay, the Americans decided to be aggressive from the start and their captain Monank Patel went completely berserk on the opposing bowlers.

He formed a crucial partnership of 68 runs for the second wicket with Andries Gous, helping the USA to over 100 runs in their run chase in the 14th over. While Monank Patel scored 50 runs from 38 balls, Andries Gous scored 36 runs from 26 deliveries.

Nevertheless, Pakistan managed to keep up, restricting the Americans to 159/3, meaning that the score was tied after each side's 20 overs and a Super Over was needed to decide the winner.

In the Super Over, Mohammad Amir's indiscipline cost Pakistan 18 runs, leaving them with 19 to win. However, they failed to do so and could only score 13 runs, which the USA did not mind overall. In doing so, the USA pulled off an upset of epic proportions that sent shockwaves through the cricketing world.

The defeat is one of the biggest upsets in cricket history, considering the Americans' rarity in top-level competitions. In fact, the Monank Patel-led team only made it as co-hosts of the high-profile tournament, otherwise they would not have taken part.

It is worth mentioning that the Pakistan cricket team has been heavily criticised in recent days for its poor performance in T20Is. Just a few weeks ago, Pakistan was beaten by Ireland in a T20I series at home.

Babar Azam then blamed Pakistan's bowlers and his team's poor batting performance in the powerplay overs for the surprise defeat in Dallas.

“Today's wicket was helpful for the fast bowlers in the first six overs. But later on, I didn't feel it was a different wicket. It settled down a bit. The early start – the games start at 10:30 am – will obviously give the fast bowlers a bit of help. Early in the morning, the pitch was a bit nippy. They took advantage of that and implemented their plan,” said Babar Azam at the post-match awards ceremony.

“I think we got help in the second innings too but we were not up to par in terms of our bowling areas. That was what we lacked in the first ten overs. After that we came back but they had already taken the momentum. But given the bowlers we have, we should have defended that score. On that pitch, I think it was a defensible score for our bowling,” he added.

“We are better in bowling. We didn't take any wickets in the first six overs. If your spinner doesn't take any wickets in the middle overs, the pressure is on you. We fought back after ten overs but I think the way they finished the game in the Super Over is a credit to the US team,” continued Babar Azam.

“In the first six overs, the ball was holding a bit and spinning around. So it was important to build a partnership. When Shadab and I had that partnership, we got going. I think when we lost the wickets one after the other, that was the turning point. Our momentum shifted to the other side,” he explained.