Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has as soon as once more been named the ICC’s ODI Participant of the Yr after he received the Worldwide Cricket Council’s award for the 12 months 2022 along with his spectacular efficiency within the calendar 12 months 2021.
The batting maestro achieved the feat a day after being named the captain of the ICC ODI Workforce of the Yr for 2022.
“There were match-winning knocks, spell-binding stroke-play and memorable moments from a personal perspective and his team in 2022 as Pakistan skipper Babar Azam claimed ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Award for a second consecutive year,” a press release launched by the worldwide cricket governing physique stated.
The ICC reminisced a few of Babar’s memorable performances and excellent achievements within the 12 months.
What Babar produced throughout 2022 was even higher than 2021, a 12 months for him to recollect in ODI cricket, because the “ultra-consistent right-hander maintained his lead” because the No 1 ranked batter on the ICC Males’s ODI Participant Rankings.
It is a title that Babar has held firmly onto since July 2021 and on present kind, has no intention of letting go simply.
It is perhaps stunning to notice that the prolific batter solely performed 9 ODI matches in 2022, however made them depend by smashing three centuries, one other 5 half-centuries, and solely actually failed with the bat on one event.
“It wasn’t just from an individual level that Babar thrived, with the Pakistan captain also leading his team with aplomb and to just one loss throughout the year.”
The 28-year-old put up back-to-back unimaginable ODI performances in 2022, however none was extra memorable or nearly as good because the excellent 114 towards Australia in Lahore in March.
It was a must-win encounter for Pakistan after they fell to a loss within the sequence opener towards an always-difficult Australian facet and Babar delivered when his nation wanted him most because the Asian facet chased down a large whole of 349 for the lack of simply 4 wickets and with six deliveries to spare.
Openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq laid the muse with a 118-run stand to get the run chase going earlier than Babar placed on a masterclass in chasing a complete.
Strolling out to bat when his workforce wanted 231 from 187 balls, Babar virtually took his facet dwelling with an distinctive show of shot-making.
He introduced up his hundred from simply 73 balls – his quickest ever in ODI cricket – and caught round till the 45th over with the victory goal in sight.
The remainder of the batters completed the job as Pakistan recorded their highest-ever profitable chase in ODIs and it was no shock that their inspirational skipper was deservedly named Participant of the Match.