Pakistan Captain Babar Azam Bags Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy For The ICC Men’s Cricketer Of The Year 2022

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Pakistan Cricket Team against all odds made it to the finals of T20 WC 2022 and their first one after 2009. The Men in Green though didn’t have a convincing home season where they lost Test Series against England and weren’t able to capitalize on a 1-0 lead in the New Zealand ODI Series.

Skipper Babar Azam stood tall across all the 3 formats as the right-handed batter scored 2,598 runs in 44 matches with an average of 54.12. The batter struck 8 centuries and 15 half-centuries in the calendar year 2022 but didn’t get any significant support from the rest of the batters.

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Babar Azam
Babar Azam (PC-AP)

Babar Azam Dazzles

Babar Azam was on fire against Aussies in the 2nd Test match where he struck 196 runs in 425 balls and eked out a draw. He had scored the highest runs by a Test Captain in the fourth innings of the Test Match. The 28 year old batter showed immense mental application as the conditions were not that easy for the batters.

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Babar Azam
Babar Azam (PC-AP)

Concerns for Pakistan

Following the home season, WTC & 2022 T20 WC; there are chances that Babar Azam would be sacked from the captaincy. At the same time there might me a change in the coaching setup. According to some reports Pakistan is going to apply split coaching & split captaincy for better results in the ICC tournaments as Pakistan hasn’t won an ICC tourney since 2017 Champions Trophy.

Sarfaraz Ahmed (PC-AP)
Sarfaraz Ahmed (PC-AP)

Pakistan’s next assignment is against Afghanistan in March for a 3 T20I match series. The veteran wicket-keeper batter Sarfaraz Ahmed would be handed Test captaincy after his stellar run against New Zealand in the 2 Test Match Series where he scored 335 runs where he scored 3 half centuries and 1 century. The board would be worried with his wicket-keeping skills as he dropped quite a few catches which hurt the team.

Also Read: England Captain Ben Stokes Named ICC Men’s Test Cricketer Of The Year For 2022

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