Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-format captain, has received praise for his outstanding performance in the recently concluded series against Australia at home.
While complimenting his performance against a world-class bowling attack, renowned cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle stated that Pakistan captain Babar Azam needed to step up in red-ball cricket, which he did in the recent series against Australia.
The star batter has previously been chastised for his performance in the longest format, but he has begun to respond with a string of strong performances.
“Test cricket was where Babar Azam needed to step up, and here it is,” Bhogle said. He walked in with 480 to get and 170 overs to bat. The possibility of a miraculous victory may have faded, but even a draw is an excellent result. What a performer.”
The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently named Babar Azam’s 196 against Australia in the second Test as one of the best batting performances in the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship.
Overall, he scored 390 runs at an average of 78 in three Test matches, including a career-best 196 and two fifties, and 276 runs at an average of 138 in two ODI series, including two centuries and a fifty. In the one-off T20 International, he also scored 66 runs off 46 balls.