Pakistani Skipper Babar Azam is one of the finest batter of all the formats. He celebrated his 28th birthday in Australia, in a media event, along with all his opponent captains, that are present there for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Pakistani skipper was delighted by this gesture of the other 15-nation skipper and organizer.
Babar Azam is one of the joyful cricketer in the World cricket and always praised by the experts for his batting prowess. His captaincy is another prominent skill which is admired by Pakistani fans, as under his leadership Pakistan team is regularly beating tough opponents in the shortest format of cricket especially, they giving tough fights to their arch-rivals India in all the ICC events. In the last 3 encounters between these 2 team, Pakistan team were able to beat India twice in the span of one year which is something bigger than the World Cup final win for their team.
Currently, his ICC Men’s T20 ranking is no.3 and only Indian batter Surykumar Yadav and his opening partner as well as Pakistani Vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan are ahead of him. Babar Azam was the top ODI scorer for Pakistan in 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2021. He has a record as the third-fastest Pakistani batsman to reach 1000 runs in ODI cricket in 21 innings, and also the joint-fastest Pakistani batsman to reach 2000 runs in ODI cricket in 45 innings, along with Zaheer Abbas. Babar Azam has the most consecutive 50+ scores in men’s international cricket. Babar has scored 3122 runs in 75 innings of tests with a marvelous average of 47.30. He hit 7 test centuries and 23 half-centuries. His highest is 196 runs in the test. He is the first Pakistani skipper and fifth in the world to complete 1000 runs across all formats.
Babar was born on 15 October 1994 in Punjab Lahore Pakistan. His cousin Kamran Akmal and Umran Akmal was great player of the Pakistan team that’s why Babar chose cricket as career. Cricket was running into his blood and when he came to bat everyone got to know how’s the Pakistani hero look alike. He had started cricket training since childhood under the guidance of Rana Safiq and also had been the ball boy at the Ghaddafi Stadium from 2006 to 2008. He made some incredible record to himself. Some of the record we have mentioned in this blog like; he is the fastest asian batsman to reach 3000 runs in ODI cricket in just 68 innings and also holds the record to score the most runs in the first 25 innings of his career.
Babar Azam made his ODI debut in 2015 against Zimbabwe and scored 54 runs in just 60 balls. His classical performance in ODI captured the eyes of selectors and got the chance to debut in two other format. He made debut in T20I against England in Manchester in 2016 and also got the chance to debut in Test Cricket against West Indies at Dubai in the same year. He played 90 ODI matches and scored 4664 runs in 90 innings. His ODI career is also an achievement with talismanic average of 59.79. He hit 17 centuries and 22 half centuries. He has scored the most runs for Pakistan in a single ODI World Cup 474 runs in 2019.
Babar Azam has also been the top Test scorer for Pakistan in 2018 and 2019. Babar Azam is the only cricketer to score 5 consecutive centuries in a single country United Arab Emirates. Babar is the fastest batsman to score 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 ODI centuries. With 17 centuries in ODIs he has the second-most century in the format for a Pakistani batter. He is the only batsman in history to score 3 consecutive centuries twice. He is the fastest captain to reach 1000 ODI runs in 13 innings.
His T20I career is outstanding. He has played 92 T20I matches and scored 87 innings with a marvelous average of 43.66. He hit 2 centuries along with 29 half-centuries. He has the highest score of 303 runs in the T20 World Cup 2021. He is also the fastest batsman, in terms of time taken, to reach 1000 runs in T20 Internationals in 26 innings. He is the fastest batsman to reach 2000 and 2500 T20I runs.
He has highest individual score for a Pakistani captain in ODIs. He is one of 3 Pakistani batsmen to score a century in all formats and has the highest T20I score for Pakistan. In the PSL he is the highest run scorer in 2020 with 473 runs and in 2021 with and 554 runs. He was the first Pakistani and fourth captain to score a century in every format. The 425 balls he faced is the fourth most by a player in the fourth innings of a Test match.
His record and awards of the Babar Azam.
• He Named as ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2021
• He Named as captain of the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year 2021
• He Named as captain of the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2021
• He Named as captain of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Team of the Tournament
• He is Winner of ICC Player of the Month for April 2021
• He is PCB’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2021
• He was awarded the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year in 2017 and 2019
• PCB’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: 2017
• PCB’s T20I Cricketer of the Year: 2017
• He was awarded Pakistan Super League Player of the Tournament in 2020
• ARY News Person of the Year 2020