Pakistan captain Babar Azam has once again been named the ICC ODI Player of the Year after winning the International Cricket Council’s award for the year 2022 with his impressive performance in the calendar year 2021.
The batting maestro achieved the feat a day after being named the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year for 2022.
“In 2022, Pakistan captain Babar Azam claimed the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award for the second year in a row,” from a personal perspective, match-winning knocks, spell-binding strokeplay and memorable moments, and his team. . The International Cricket Governing Body said.
The ICC recalled some of Babar’s memorable performances and outstanding achievements during the year.
What Babar produced during 2022 was even better than 2021, a year to remember for him in ODI cricket, as “the most consistent right-hander maintained his lead” in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings. As a No. 1 batsman.
It’s a title that Babar has firmly held onto since July 2021 and, on current form, has no intention of letting go easily.
It may be surprising to note that the prolific batsman played only nine ODIs in 2022, but tallied three centuries, five more half-centuries and failed to bat on just one occasion.
“It was not just at the individual level that Babar improved, the Pakistan captain also led his team ably and suffered only one loss throughout the year.”
The 28-year-old has produced back-to-back incredible ODI performances in 2022, but his brilliant 114 against Australia in Lahore in March was nothing short of brilliant or spectacular.
After losing the series opener against an ever-tough Australian side, it was a must-win for Pakistan and Babar delivered when his country needed it most as the Asian side chased down a mammoth target of 349 runs. Pursued by With just four wickets and six balls to spare.
Openers Fakhar Zaman and Imamul-Haq laid the foundations for the run chase with a 118-run stand before Babar launched a masterclass in chasing the total.
Walking out to bat when his team needed 231 runs off 187 balls, Babar almost took his team home with an extraordinary display of shot-making.
He completed his century in just 73 balls – his fastest ever in ODI cricket – and held on until the 45th over with the winning target.
The rest of the batsmen got the job done as Pakistan recorded their most successful chase ever in ODIs and it was no surprise that their impressive captain was adjudged player of the match.
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