Former India captain MS Dhoni is considered one of the most down to earth cricketers in the world. His gesture of handing the trophy to the youngsters of the team and standing in the corner of the group photo has become a culture in the Indian cricket team. There were reports that MS had even given his business class seat to one of his team members or even someone on the flight. A similar incident occurred with the Pakistan cricket team where captain Babar Azam offered his business class seat to one of his pacer bowlers en route to Perth from Melbourne after a defeat to India.
Many journalists in Australia covering Babar Azam offered his business class seat to one of his pace bowlers to give him extra legroom. The flight to Perth is 4.5 hours. Class!
A senior journalist from Pakistan tweeted: “Many journalists in Australia report that Babar Azam has offered his business class seat to one of his pace bowlers so that he has extra legroom. The flight to Perth is 4.5 hours. The planes are small and there is no room in business class for the whole crew. #T20WorldCup.”
In 2020, a viral video of CSK’s flight to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had gone viral on social media, showing Dhoni talking to teammates. But one Twitter user, who shared the video, claimed that Dhoni offered him his seat, saying, “Your legs are too long, sit in my seat (Business Class), I’m in Economy.”
After the loss, Pakistani coach Matthew Hayden, along with skipper Babar Azam, spoke to the team and sighed with relief that they no longer had to exert any pressure. In a video shared by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Babar was seen comforting his players who were shocked by the defeat to India, especially Mohammad Nawaz.
“No one should point the finger at one person, this should not happen, not in this team. As a team we lost, as a team we will win. We have to stick together, remember that. We also had a good performance Look there also to. There have been some really good performances, but the small mistakes that have been made, we have to work on that,” said Babar.