On January 26, 2023, Pakistan captain Babar Azam received the title of ODI Cricketer of 2022. A year after being named ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ in 2021, the charismatic batter continued to dominate world cricket, becoming the only player to score 2000 runs in all formats in 2022.
Pakistan’s Babar Azam
Babar Azam, a Pakistani cricketer, currently plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. For someone who missed out on his chance at playing at international level, he has been incredibly successful.
Prior to succeeding on the domestic front, culminating in winning a Pakistan one-day trophy with Karachi Kings in 2015/16, Babar played for three years at Orange County and was part of their first ever championship. He played a key role in this triumph by scoring 411 runs.
Babar is now considered the future of the Pakistan side and a safe wicket for their team’s batting. He was awarded the Imtiaz Ahmed award in 2012, which recognizes an outstanding under-16 cricketer in Pakistan, and has also been reckoned as one of the best batsman to come out of Pakistan since Asif Mujtaba.
Babar Azam Win ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the coveted double of ODI Cricketer of the Year and Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year at the 2022 ICC awards.
The talented batsman had a fantastic year, scoring over 2,500 runs across all formats, including 679 runs in just nine One-Day Internationals. On the other hand, England’s Ben Stokes also get the title of ‘Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year’ for his outstanding leadership and performance as captain, which led his team to a historic victory over Pakistan.
Nat Sciver, the captain and star player for England’s women’s cricket team, received two main honors. One award is given to the best player in one-day international matches, and the other is given to the best player overall for the year.
Dominance in ODI Cricket
Babar is an excellent Pakistani cricketer. In 2021, he scored a lot of runs and was very successful. He had a high average and many fifties. He also received a significant award for being the best ODI player of the year.
Babar only played in nine One-Day Internationals (ODIs); but he excelled in them, scoring a lot of runs and even hitting three centuries. According to the rankings, he is still the best ODI player.
Babar’s year as captain in white-ball formats was also memorable, with Pakistan winning all three ODI series and losing only one match out of nine to Australia. In the 20-20 International format, he led Pakistan to their first World Cup final since 2009, finishing runners-up to England.
Strong Performance in Tests
Babar also had a fantastic year in Tests, scoring 1,184 runs in just nine matches and doing the majority of the heavy lifting for Pakistan in the longer format.
He hit an epic 196 not out in a 10-hour marathon second-innings knock that lifted Pakistan from an almost certain defeat to an improbable win in the drawn Karachi Test.
The ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the year 2022, Babar Azam
Babar has been known for his aggressive batting style since he was young. In 2014 he scored an extraordinary total of 973 runs in a 42-match Twenty20 season, breaking the record previously set by Virat Kohli for Bangalore Royal Challengers.
This season is not the only time that Babar has broken records, in 2013/14 he broke the record for the highest number of runs before failing to reach 50 T20s in an inning, by scoring 653 runs. Babar Azam was born on 30th November 1993 in Lahore, Pakistan.
The Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam became one of the sensational stars in the cricket world. His team, Pakistan won many games after his appearance in the game.
The fact that was his overseas performance is also a great name for him. He is expected to reach heights and make an addition to his some of the remarkable achievements.
Let’s hope for the best from him and wish that he gets more praise in future!
Frequently Ask Questions:
Q). How Many Runs Did Babar Azam Score In 2022?
Babar Azam scored 2,598 runs across all formats in 2022, with an impressive average of 54.12. Earlier, his aggregate of 1306 runs after 25 knocks tallied the highest. He is also well known for winning three consecutive ODI tons against the Windies in 2016 in the UAE.
Q). Who won the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in 2022?
Babar Azam was also awarded the ICC Men’s Cricketer of 2022 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
Q). In 2022, what was Pakistan’s record in 50-over cricket?
Pakistan won all three One-Day International (ODI) series they played in 2022, losing only one match out of nine against Australia.