Babar Azam, the right-handed top-order batsman, has lately been leading the Pakistan Cricket Team in all three formats of cricket. Being regarded as one of the contemporary batsmen in the world, he has rallied 2169 Test, 3808 ODI, and 2035 T20I runs in 33, 80, and 54 innings sequentially since 2016, 2015, and 2016.
The 26-year old has been featuring fascinating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) since its inaugural edition and is the highest run-getter of the league today. Not only this, but he has assembled a pile of more records in the extravaganza.
He has been adhering to a successful international journey hitting on numerous records along with being a number one T20I batsman in the world once. Currently, he ranks on the top of the list of the ICC Men’s ODI batting rankings with 865 points.
The Pakistani skipper is often compared to the Indian captain, Virat Kohli because of the selection of the shots and major resemblance in striking and averaging pulling out the aggregates max or min number of matches separately.
Projectile and Projectile-free boundary shooting: The class of a T20 batsman:
Despite striking 56.4, 88.7, and 129.7 and averaging 42.5, 56.8, and 47.3 in Test, ODI, and T20I, Babar is considered ‘slow and selfish’ by some. People believe the player plays for himself rather than playing for the country. They assume that his slow and boundary-less innings often cost the game to the nation.
Good to go in ODI and Tests but does Babar lack something in twenty-twenty cricket?
Many personages opine that Babar should be sharpening his hard-hitting as this is what an abstract opener should be ingesting. Accepting him in the Test and ODI cricket, people consider that he shall be faster at playing in T20Is, T20s with an appropriate selection of shots than preferring cover drives.
A classical batter with slow tactics in T20s:
On the one hand, where commentators and officials term him the classic batsman, people want him to focus a bit more on boundaries to increase his T20I strike rate. The ideal batsman in top-order is supposed to owe an SR of over 150.
We see, he recently coiled up a record of registering the slowest T20I fifty for Pakistan that owed him slams. Unneglectably, Babar, despite once signifying the number one T20I batsman and having the highest runs in PSL, is reluctant at playing the twenty-twenty cricket.
What should an ideal T20 batter strike?
It is pertinent to mention that he strikes 122.10 as the highest PSL run-getter whereas, Kamran Akmal, the second-highest PSL run-getter, strikes over 137. Not only this but, his many innings in the format can be used to prove the point.