Mohammad Babar Azam of Pakistan was considered to be the finest batsman in Twenty20 Internationals at the time. In One-Day Internationals, he is Pakistan’s deputy captain, but he is the captain of the Pakistan side when it comes to Twenty20 Internationals according to t20 world cup news.
- Babar Azam Biography –
On October 15, 1994, in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Babar Azam entered the world. He bats and bowls with his right hand. His key function on the squad is as the team’s opening batsman.
- Babar Azam Records –
When it comes to cricket, Babar Azam has left an indelible mark and currently holds various records, including but not limited to:
- He reached 1000 runs in one-day internationals at the second-fastest pace among Pakistani batsmen (21 innings).
- He also set a record for being the quickest Pakistani batsman to score 2000 runs in one-day internationals (45 innings). With Zaheer Abbas and Kevin Pietersen, he now shares the record.
- Babar Azam also holds the record for the quickest time in Asia for a batsman to score 3000 runs in one-day internationals (68 innings).
- He also set a record for the most runs scored in a player’s first 25 professional innings (1306 runs).
- Only Babar Azam has ever scored five centuries in a row for his nation (United Arab Emirates).
- Babar has broken the record for most One Day International centuries scored in a shorter amount of time than anybody else (33 innings).
- He also set a record for scoring 1000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals at the quickest rate (26 innings).
- Babar Azam holds the record for Pakistan’s highest individual World Cup run total (474 runs in the 2019 World Cup).
- He has led Pakistan in ODI runs scored in each of the last three years.
- Over the last two years, Babar Azam has led Pakistan in Test scoring.
- The fastest to 13 ODI hundreds, 16 ODI hundreds, and 17 ODI hundreds are Babar Azam.
- Babar made 196 runs against Australia in Karachi in the last innings of a Test in 2022, setting a new record for the most runs scored by a Pakistani batsman in the final innings of a Test.
- The first captain to score 1000 runs in One-Day Internationals in the shortest amount of time (in 13 innings)
- He is the first batsman in ODI history to have scored a century in each of three straight games.
- The first hitter to score 50+ runs in a row nine times (across formats).
- The quickest T20Is to 2000 and 2500.
- Along with T Dilshan and Faf du Plessis, he is one of only three captains in cricket history to have scored a century in each of the three forms.
- Babar Azam Awards and Accolades –
Regarding Pakistani cricket, Babar Azam has been a phenomenal performer in recent years. He was chosen for the 2017 ICC World XI and has won the PCB Player of the Year award for the last two years running. PCB honored Babar with the award in 2017 for his play in One Day Internationals, and again in 2018 for his outstanding play in Twenty20 Internationals.
Babar Azam has had an impressive career, during which he has played for many clubs both within and outside of Pakistan. After playing cricket for his school team since he was 13 years old, he decided to pursue cricket professionally.
- Babar Azam Domestic Career –
Babar Azam’s first-class career began in 2010 when he joined Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited. On December 10th, 2010 he made his First-Class debut for the Qaid e Azam Trophy team, playing against National Bank Limited. In the end, the game was tied despite his 54 runs off 114 balls.
On his List A debut in Multan for the Royal Bank of Scotland Cup, he struck a half-century that was crucial to his team’s victory. On 1 December 2012, however, he debuted in a Twenty20 match for the Lahore Eagles, playing against the Hyderabad Hawks in Lahore as part of the Faysal Bank T20 Cup.
- Babar Azam ODI Career
Babar made his cricketing debut for his country on May 31, 2015, at Lahore, against an inferior Zimbabwean team in a Day International. On his first try, he racked up 54 runs, but the game ended in a tie. But he never wavered from his game plan and eventually became one of Pakistan’s most dependable batters in T20s.
He was the quickest Pakistani batsman to reach 2000 and 3000 runs, doing it in 21 and 18 innings, respectively. His first major international competition was the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy when he helped Pakistan win with 46 runs.
Babar went on to cement his status as the ODI game’s next big thing by scoring hundreds like they were nothing in 2018 and 2019.
Azam scored 1092 runs in 2019 with a batting average of 60.66 and 3 hundred in 20 innings. When the World Cup was held in England, he came into his own and became Pakistan’s batting anchor.
His hundred in the decisive victory against New Zealand ensured Pakistan’s continued participation in the tournament, catapulting him to the forefront of fame. The slick hitter scored 474 total runs (with an average of 67.71) across 8 innings, including 4 scores of 50+ and 1 score of 100+. Finally, he was selected for the ICC’s One-Day International Team of the Year. As of May 2020, he is the captain of the Pakistan cricket team.
- Babar Azam Test Career
On October 13th, 2016, in Dubai, Babar Azam played in his first Test match, against the West Indies. He led his side to a 56-run victory with a total of 69 runs scored in the first inning and 21 runs scored in the second. He joined an exclusive club when he made his debut in a Day/Night Test match.
He has done well recently, scoring 397 runs in the previous 5 innings. Through the first three months of 2019, he has been Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in the longest format of the game. Three of his four Test hundreds this year have come at pivotal points in the games.