Pakistan skipper Babar Azam ended 2022 as the best run-scorer in worldwide cricket. Regardless of having a boring outing within the 2022 T20 World Cup, the 28-year-old batter scored 2598 runs within the calendar yr. Whereas issues have been good for Babar the batter, it was not that good a yr for him as a captain. Issues received bitter for him after Pakistan have been whitewashed towards England in a three-match Take a look at sequence at house. It got here as a significant blow for Babar as many cricket specialists and followers raised questions on his captaincy.
Babar’s declaration towards New Zealand on Day 5 of the recently-concluded first Take a look at additional invited some criticism as Pakistan narrowly escaped a loss.
On Day 5 of the Karachi Take a look at vs New Zealand, Pakistan declared with nearly 15 overs of play left, setting the guests a goal of 138. In return, the Blackcaps gave a befitting reply with the bat. Nonetheless, the play needed to be known as off early with dangerous mild intervening within the eighth over.
Many specialists criticised Babar for declaring at such a vital level of the sport however former Pakistan skipper and interim chief selector Shahid Afridi backed the batter and guaranteed him full help from the choice committee.
“Babar Azam is the spine of the Pakistan group and we’ll again him. His resolution about declaration yesterday (Friday) was a great one. As a variety committee, we need to act as a shoulder to Babar. I preferred the way in which he addressed the media and said that the group is simply centered on the sport and never bothered in regards to the issues occurring outdoors the bottom. So, that is what we wish from Babar and our complete committee is there to again him,” Afridi informed media.
Coming to the match, Ish Sodhi grabbed 6 for 86 and threatened to offer New Zealand victory within the first two classes on the fifth and ultimate day, however Pakistan fought on earlier than declaring their second innings at 311 for 8.
Michael Bracewell was the one wicket to fall for 3.
Sodhi was the star as he improved on his earlier better of 4 for 60 towards Zimbabwe in Bulawayo 4 years in the past.
For Pakistan, Babar Azam smashed 161 runs within the first innings whereas Imam-ul-Haq scored 96 runs within the second innings. For New Zealand, Kane Williamson was the star as he introduced up his fifth Take a look at double century.
(With AFP Inputs)
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