No.5 might be the luckiest number for Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Babar Azam.
The Lahore-born batting sensation made his debut for Pakistan on the 5th month of 2015, 5 years ago today. The Twenty “five” year old Babar scored a 50 on that debut ODI on May 31, 2015. 5 years later, his name is in the top 5 of ICC’s International rankings for batsmen across all formats.
Babar tops the ICC T20 rankings for batsmen, sits 3rd in ODIs and is 5th in the Test format. Having played 26 Tests so far for his country, Babar has scored 1850 runs. IN 74 ODIs, he has 3359 runs and in 38 T20Is, the talented batsman has 1471 runs.
Since January 2019, Babar Azam’s ODI batting average has been above 60.66, while his T20I average is around the 53 mark.
The newly appointed T20 skipper has been gaining immense popularity over the last few years due to his consistent performances. Alot of questions and doubts were raised after Babar was announced ODI skipper recently. However, head coach-cum-cheif selector Misbah Ul Haq believes Babar Azam is fully “ready”.
“The way I look at it, being a top batsman he is best suited to lead the team by example and this would make it easier for him to also take strong decisions and for the team to follow him,” said Misbah.
“Making Babar captain of the T20 team last year was a tester really. We wanted to see how he will respond to the challenge and how it will affect his batting. But all of us agreed that he handled the pressure well and if anything the responsibility of being captain only made him show more responsibility as a batsman,” Misbah added.