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Babar Azam: The Pakistani Batter who is raising his bar in ODI Cricket

With 892 ratings, Babar Azam is the new number one ranked batter in the ICC Men’s ODI Batting Ranking.

Mohammad is a made-up character. Azam is a Pakistani cricketer who is currently the best batter in Twenty20.

He is the second-fastest Pakistani hitter to reach 1,000 runs in one-day international cricket (21 innings). Babar Azam is the only athlete in history to score five centuries in a row for the same country (United Arab Emirates).

The fictional figure is the fastest batter in ODI history, having scored 700 runs in seven games (33 innings). Azam, a fictional character, is also the Pakistani sportsman with the most runs scored in a single tournament match (474 runs within the 2019 World Cup).

Babar won the PCB award in 2017 for his exceptional performance in one-day internationals, and he won it again in 2018 for his outstanding performance in T20 internationals.

What makes him special and different from other players

What makes Babar Azam Special From others?

Babar Azam’s temperament is quite consistent, and he also understands and reads the game well enough to know when to put the opposition bowler under pressure and take the game away from them. Babar Azam is one of the best batsmen in the world, and he establishes a separate level of hierarchy.

At the same time, he is tremendously consistent on the pitch. Babar Azam made his One-Day International debut in May of 2015, as we saw earlier this year. Azam is one of the few players who has gone to the top of the success tables so quickly. His track record speaks for itself.

In 80 ODI matches, he has scored 3808 runs at an incredible average of 56.83 and a strike rate of 88.7. From these games, he has thirteen hundred and seventeen fifty-plus, a phenomenal conversion rate. The numbers in T20Is are really outstanding.

In 50 matches, he scored 1916 runs at an average of 49.12 and a strike rate of 132.04.

There are no flaws in his game; the bowler must plan to get him out, and he also leads from the front, as we saw against the West Indies recently. Despite the fact that he wasn’t the captain, Azam was well aware of his position as the team’s best hitter. He’s also trained his mind to perform to its full ability.

He understands that he will always be pressured to perform, as he has been in the past. With the bat, he has literally led from the front in the South Africa series. He hit a century to start the ODI series, then hit a match-winning 94 in the decider against Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.

In a record-breaking chase, his century in the third T20I was unmatched. Babar Azam is arguably the best hitter in the world right now. The Pakistani captain is on a scoring spree, breaking records in each game he participates in.

With a century in the first ODI against the West Indies, Babar became the fastest captain to amass 1000 runs in the fifty-over format. In only 13 games as captain, he was able to accomplish this feat. The way he batted against the West Indies was fantastic, and it demonstrated how dedicated he is to his game.

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The Consistency of Babar Azam

Babar Azam made his One-Day International debut in May of 2015. Azam got to the top of the success tables faster than most players. His track record is self-evident. He has 3808 runs at an amazing average of 56.83 and an impressive strike rate of 88.7 in 80 ODI matches.

He has 13 hundred and 17 fifties from these games, a remarkable conversion rate. In T20Is, the figures are very impressive. He has crushed 1916 runs at an average of 49.12 and a superb strike rate of 132.04 in 50 matches. Azam has 17 fifties to his name and has struck his first T20I century. Nothing is more consistent than this.

He is very much Self-belief and confident

The attitude of Azam is what sets him apart from modern mortals in shorter formats. He has a high level of confidence in his abilities, which he transfers into champion performances. Throughout his career, Pakistan has appeared to be in jeopardy on numerous occasions.

Azam, on the other hand, has led the squad out with remarkable ease and has never been bothered. He feels he is capable of amazing deeds. He has played some incredible knocks in difficult conditions during the current series in South Africa. Take, for example, the third T20I, which was just held in Centurion.

Pakistan was pursuing history, but Azam dominated the Proteas, bowling and batting like it was nothing. Only geniuses are capable of accomplishing such astounding feats. He also had two stunning knocks in the One-Day Internationals to lift the team.

The Courage and leading from the front character in Babar Azam: 

Even though he wasn’t captain, Azam was well aware of his status as the team’s top batsman. And he’s trained his mind to think like the finest players in the world.

He understands that there will always be pressure on him to perform, and he has done so on numerous occasions. When it comes to the South Africa series, he has literally led from the front with the bat.

He opened the ODIs with a century, then bowled a match-winning 94 in the decider against Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. In a record chase, his century in the third T20I was out of this world.

Excellent Record Away from home

To be considered exceptional, a player must perform as well away from home as he does at home. Azam has also checked all of the boxes in this area. In ODIs, he averages nearly 50 and has five hundred.

He has a T20I average of more than 50. The bad news for bowlers all over the world is that the Babar Azam era is just getting started.

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The fab four of Next Era

So far in his career, Pakistan’s captain has been exceptional, and his statistics speak for themselves. Many believe Azam’s arrival has elevated the current elite club to the Fab-5. The right-handed batsman, on the other hand, is only 27 years old and has at least 10 years of good cricket remaining in him.

While he has already broken numerous records, he still has a few more in the works. In May 2015, Azam made his international debut, putting an end to Pakistan’s search for a consistent top-order batsman.

It’s worth noting that Azam averages over 45 in all three forms, and his numbers are only expected to improve in the near future. For all of these reasons, he should be the key member of the Fab-4 in the next period.

A perfect sense and perfect comparison of Babar Azam & Virat Kohli

While Kohli has been playing international cricket since 2008, Babar has only played once.

From August 2017 to April 2021, former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli dominated the One-Day International circuit to the point where no other player was able to dethrone him as the number one ODI hitter. All of that changed on April 19, 2021, when Babar Azam snapped Kohli’s 1,258-day reign atop the ODI batters rankings.

The discussion between Babar Azam and Virat Kohli has raged since the Pakistan captain made his international debut in 2015. The reason was understandable, as Babar had replicated several of Kohli’s achievements during his U-19 days.

Despite the fact that, unlike Kohli, Babar did not win the U-19 world title, he appeared to be bound for greatness. Kohli had already appeared in more than 150 One-Day Internationals by the time Babar made his debut for Pakistan, hitting over 20 tons.

Fast forward to 2022, and Babar Azam has been the fastest player to reach 2,000 ODI runs, having done it in 47 games. Kohli, on the other hand, required 56 games to attain the milestone.

With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at how the numbers stack up when two of cricket’s modern greats are compared. While Babar has played 74 T20 international games, the Indian battalion has played 97, which is the closest connection we can draw between the two.

A total of 3,296 runs have been scored by the former in these outings, with an average of 51.5. However, Babar has amassed 2,686 runs at an average of 45.52 during the course of his career.

Even though he has played 20 more T20I matches than Pakistan, Kohli has managed to maintain an average above 50. Only Babar has a century in T20Is, which eludes him in the format. Babar has 26 half-centuries compared to Alastair Cook’s 30 half-centuries.

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Describe Three series of Babar Azam and the significance in the current series against West Indies: 

In the recent past, he has scored 158 runs in ODIs against India, which set a huge target for him. After helping Pakistan beat West Indies by five wickets on Wednesday, Babar Azam became the first batsman to achieve three consecutive hundreds in one-day internationals.

As Pakistan chased down a target of 306 in Multan, captain Babar shared a 103-run partnership with Imam-ul-Haq (65) and a 108-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan (59) to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

Before Wednesday’s match, Babar, who is 27 years old, had two centuries against Australia and three tons in a row in 2016, all against West Indies.

World Recorder Babar Azam 

Babar Azam set a world record by becoming the first batter to register nine straight 50+ scores in international cricket in the second One-Day International between Pakistan and the West Indies (all three formats). Babar Azam scored his ninth 50-plus mark for Pakistan in all forms. From 2016 to 2022, he scored 717 runs with 5 hundreds and 1 fifty against the West Indies.

In ODI From 2015 to 2022, he has scored 4442 runs with 17 hundred and 19 fifties with the highest score of 158 against India in ODI Cricket and hit 403 boundaries and smashed 43 sixes.

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