When the year 202 ended, Babar Azam become the highest run-scorer in international cricket. While underwhelming in the 2022 T20 World Cup, the right-handed batsman has scored 2,598 runs over the calendar year. While batsman Babar is in good shape, it hasn’t been such a great year as captain.
Things got worst for Babar, Pakistan kept the cover up against England in the three-Test series at home. This was a serious blow to Babar as many cricket pundits and fans questioned his captaincy.
Some experts criticized Babar for his announcement at a critical moment of the game, but former Pakistan captain and interim chief selector Shahid Afridi stood by the batsman and assured him the full support of the selection committee.
Shahid Afridi to Babar Azam
Afridi told to the media “Babar Azam is the backbone of the Pakistan team and we will back him. His decision about declaration yesterday (Friday) was a good one. As a selection committee, we want to act as a shoulder to Babar. I liked the way he addressed the media and stated that the team is just focused on the game and not bothered about the things going on outside the ground. So, this is what we want from Babar and our entire committee is there to back him,”
Coming into the game, Ish Sodhi took 6 for 86 and threatened to give New Zealand the win in their first two games on their fifth and also final day, but Pakistan really did their best during the match so they able to claiming their second innings with 311 for 8.
New Zealand’s difficult goal was 138, winning by 15 and the chase languishing on 61-1, with Tom Latham unbeaten on 35 and Devin Conway unbeaten on 18. While the Pakistan, with Babar Azam striking 161 in the first innings and Imam-ul-Haq 96 in the second. Regarding New Zealand, Kane Williamson was the star as he made his fifth Test double century.