File photo of Babar Azam© AFP
Babar Azam On Thursday, he was named the ‘ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year’ and the ‘ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year’ for 2022. “Babar is the only player to breach the 2000-run mark across all formats in a calendar year, and he did it in style as he crossed the milestone in style as he amassed 2598 runs at an impressive average of 54.12,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement. “His eight centuries and 17 fifties in the calendar year were Babar’s career best to date and there is no doubt that the dynamic right-hander is currently at the top of his game.”
However, under his captaincy, Pakistan has lost several series at home in recent times. Former Pakistan batsman Basit Ali feels that the star batsman should quit the captaincy.
“Babar Azam should give up the captaincy. If he gives up the captaincy, he will break all the records and surpass the records of the greats of the game. His captaincy is affecting his performance with the bat and he should concentrate on his batting,” Basit Ali was quoted as saying. As stated by Cricket Pakistan.
Babar, who had a stunning year with the bat in 2021, scored 679 runs at an average of 84.87 in nine ODI matches in 2022 with three centuries. Babar is also the leading batsman in the ODI rankings, a title he holds firmly from July 2021. Notably, Pakistan lost just one ODI in 2022 under his leadership.
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