New Delhi. Babar Azam may not be included in the Fab Four club of the current era (Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith and Joe Root). But, in terms of batting, he is not less than any of these four. His record is proof of this. He is breaking the record of some batsman included in the Fab Four in almost every match. He broke a record held by Virat Kohli with a century in the first ODI against West Indies. He became the fastest batsman to complete 1000 runs in ODIs as a captain. He achieved this position in 13 innings. Whereas it took 17 innings for Virat to reach here.
In this match, Babar played the captaincy innings not only to win Pakistan, but also to win hearts. How they tell you. Babar was adjudged the player of the match for his century in the first ODI against West Indies. But, he gave this award to the team’s junior player Khushdil Shah. A video of this has also been shared by PCB. In this, when Babar was called to receive the Player of the Match award, he gave his award to Khushdil. The fans are very much liking this generosity of Babar.
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Khushdil scored an unbeaten 41 runs
Now why Babar gave the player of the match award to Khushdil Shah? This will also tell you. Pakistan got a target of 306 runs in this match. Chasing this, Pakistan lost four wickets for 256 runs in the 45th over. Both Babar and Rizwan had returned to the pavilion and Pakistan needed 48 runs in the last 5 overs. From here, Khushdil Shah, who came out to bat at number five, gave victory to Pakistan by playing a fireworks innings. He scored 41 not out in 23 balls. Khushdil hit 1 four and 4 sixes in this innings.
Babur praised Khushdil
Babar Azam praised Khushdil after the match and said, “The way Khushdil finished the match, it was really wonderful. The strategy that we had made, we implemented it well. Partnership was necessary for us in the match and we were able to do that and later the finisher brought it to an end.”
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2022, 09:02 IST