Babar Azam ICC Wins Biggest Award. The winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy Team for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year had a year to remember in Years of 2022.
Here, we take a look back at his efforts and celebrate some outstanding achievements. It is hard to believe that Babar Azam has raised his game even further during 2022 as the inspirational captain broke more individual records and ensured that Pakistan’s star continued to shine.
Babar Azam ICC Wins Biggest Award
Babar was the only player to cross the 2,000-run mark across all formats during a calendar year, and he crossed the milestone in style, scoring 2,598 runs at an impressive average of 54.12.
His eight centuries and 17 half-centuries during the calendar year were Babar’s career best to date and there is no doubt that the dynamic right-hander is at the top of his game right now.
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The 2021 ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Year continued to dominate the 50-over format, scoring 679 runs in nine matches. It is a testament to his consistency that he scored 50 runs or more in 8 of those innings. He remains at the top of the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings and it was no surprise to see the 28-year-old crowned the ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Babar also enjoyed a great year in Test cricket, despite the team’s results not always going his way. He scored 1184 runs in just nine matches and did the heavy lifting for Pakistan in the longer format.
It was also a memorable year for Babar as captain in white-ball formats – Pakistan won all three ODI series, losing just one out of nine matches to Australia.
In the T20I format, he led Pakistan to the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup – their first since 2009 – as Babar’s side finished runners-up behind eventual champions England. The chips are down, and Pakistan are staring at defeat but one man stood between Australia and Pakistan’s victory in the second Test in Karachi. Pakistan was bowled out for 148 runs in the first innings, after which Australia had a huge lead of 408 runs. The visitors batted again and set them a target of 506 with six sessions remaining.
Pakistan got off to the worst possible start, with just 21 runs and the loss of two wickets with five sessions remaining.
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PCB In walked Babar Azam and so began the 10-hour marathon that took Pakistan from an inevitable defeat to an almost impossible victory. His 196 off 425 balls not only brought him his first Test century in two years but also his highest Test score.
He formed important partnerships first with Abdullah Shafiq (228-run stand) and then with Mohammad Rizwan (115 runs). The tie fell to 196 in 36 overs but Babar’s wicket was four runs short of a well-deserved double century and two quick scalps later ended all hopes of victory.
Babar Azam walked away with a standing ovation, registering the highest score by a Test captain in the fourth innings of a Test. Babar’s overall record in 2022: 2598 runs in 44 matches with eight centuries and 15 fifties at an average of 54.12.