Babar Azam becomes ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the year!
CRICDOT DESK : Pakistani captain Babar Azam leads the front line, wins the four-in-hand race and becomes the ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Year. He defeated Shakib Al Hasan, Jannemann Malang, Paul Sterling and others. It is also how he became the number one ODI batter in the world, surpassing former Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He aims to continue his illustrious appearance for the 2023 World Cup.
Babar Azam may have played only six ODIs in 2021, but he made a significant contribution to the two series Pakistan played that year. He was the second highest run scorer in 228 runs and was the best player in both Pakistan’s 21st series victory over South Africa. Babar, the architect Pakistan chased 274 in the first ODI, laid the foundation for the first century with 82 balls 94 in the last ODI where visitors first recorded 320 shots.
He was the only warrior in Pakistan when they were defeated by England30. He recorded 177 runs in three games, but couldn’t find his support. None of the other batters were able to score more than 100 points in the series.
ICC Men’s ODI Cricket Player: Pakistan captain Babar Azam leads the front line and wins four horse races
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Azam’s best performance of the year was lost in the ODI final with England. The series has already been defeated and Pakistan has won pride and important ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points in its third ODI in Birmingham. Pakistan was the first hit, scoring 331 points, and Babar scored almost half of the team’s run.
Babar hit the bat early in the inning and set up a 92 run stand with Imamul Haq to rescue Pakistan. He was initially cautious about his approach and accumulated his half-century with 72 balls. He made up for it by collecting the next 50 runs with just 32 balls-it was his second ODI century this year. After not disturbing the
milestone, he exploded in a death over, almost hit an inning, and finished in the final over with the highest ODI score ever, 158.
Unfortunately for Pakistan, James Vince and Luis Gregory stole the show with a record of 129 runs on their sixth wicket as England chased the total with two overs.