ICC asks fans to 'player of the next decade'; Twitter picks Babar Azam

ICC asks fans to ‘player of the next decade’; Twitter picks Babar Azam

Babar was arguably Pakistan's standout batsman in 2019.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Babar Azam has come up the ranks for Pakistan at the highest level. The national team hasn’t had the best of years in 2019 by any stretch of the imagination. The right-hander has arguably been the standout batter for his national side and has at times, waged lone battles. In the ODI format, Babar churned out 1,092 runs in 20 matches at an incredible average of 60.66.

During the World Cup, the Lahore, Punjab-born also churned out a century against New Zealand at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. Apart from that, he also got centuries versus England in Nottingham and Sri Lanka in Karachi. Pakistan couldn’t qualify beyond the league stage in the World Cup, but Babar was lauded for his stupendous shows with the bat in hand.

Babar Azam shining across formats

In T20 cricket, Azam is currently ICC’s highest-ranked batsman. In 2019, Pakistan had a torrid time even in the shortest format, despite being the top team. In 10 matches in 2019, the 25-year-old racked up 374 runs at an average of 41.55. He also notched four half-centuries with a top score of 90 against South Africa at the iconic New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Babar has flourished to such an extent that he has been made the skipper in the shortest format. Even in Test cricket, Babar hasn’t flattered to deceive by any means. In six matches in 2019, the pugnacious potential scored 616 runs at a jaw-dropping average of 68.44. In his last four matches, the right-hander had three centuries to his name.

In Australia, he got tons in Brisbane as well as in Adelaide. In the meantime, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had a question for the fans. The ICC asked the fans to name the player of the next decade. It should have been a tough choice for them since a number of cricketers have impressed.

The apex cricket board wrote, “Who do you think will be the player of the next decade? Go.” The fans didn’t have much of a doubt in naming Babar as the ‘player of the next decade’.

Here’s how fans are cheering Babar to dominate the next decade: –