Babar Azam – the white ball hero
Babar Azam has been an integral part of the Pakistan’s cricket team. With his hunger to grab more and his exceptional technique makes him an extraordinary batsman. Overtime Babar has proved his worth and has cemented his place in team after the departure of senior players.
Babar has been exceptional in shorter formats. His average in Odis this year has been approximately 61.50 in 14 innings. Now by scoring his 5th century in a row in UAE, he has topped the list of most consecutive ODI centuries in a country by taking on AB de Villiers, Zaheer Abbas and Kumar Sangakkara.
Indeed, Babar has been holding the most important position. He’s been extremely dynamic, adapting to the conditions and requirements of the team. His recent knock in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka was exceptional as he built a strong tenable wall to combat the bowling and to palliate the pressure on the lower order. At a time when 6 batsmen returned to pavilion on just 101, it was expected that Pakistan would succumb to 130, but his resilient and energetic partnership with Shadab Khan finally gave them a total of 219 runs.
In his last 17 innings he has scored 1118 runs at the position of 3, averaging 79.85. However, critics have sounded their concern over his poor test performance despite scoring runs and displaying great temperament in ODIs. In Pakistan’s recent Champions Trophy win, he also displayed a lack of intent to hit the ball. Still, being ranked 4th in ODI batsmen and 7th in T20s, makes Babar Azam Pakistan’s most reliable batsman in limited overs cricket.