23-Year-Old Batsman Pakistan
October 16, 2017 Babar Azam News
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Azam top-scored for his side with 101 off 133 including six boundaries in Monday's ODI victory over Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi.
Azam wasn't in great form coming into the series, but does he enjoy batting in the Emirates. He now has five-consecutive centuries in ODIs played in the UAE including all three matches against the West Indies last September-October and the first two matches of the series against Sri Lanka. This was Azam's seventh ODI century in just his 33rd innings and in his last 18 innings over the past 13 months, Azam has seven centuries and one fifty, the highest conversion percentage over that stretch.
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Fantasy AnalysisAzam posted scores of 86, 45 and 48 in the three T20's that clearly showed his form and ability as the best batsman for Pakistan in the series. In his most recent game, Azam made 48 from 31 balls, with five fours. He was dismissed in the last over of the innings by Thisara Perera, caught by Faf du Plessis.
Fantasy AnalysisIn a match that was as much about geopolitics as it was about cricket, Azam found a gear he'd yet to show in a T20I. COming into the match, he had just one fifty in eight matches, an unbeaten 55, but needed just 33 balls to reach his half-century on Tuesday. By the end of his innings, he recorded a personal best of 86 with the bat and helped Pakistan set a 197 target for the World XI, which they were able to hold on to. The 22-year-old will look to keep his strong form going in the duration of the World XI's tour of Pakistan in the first international cricket in Pakistan of any consequence since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 22-year old who was dismissed for a duck in both innings's of the second test bounced back in the best way with a score of 55 in the first inning of the third test. Azam showed signs of the batsman who scored 72 in the first innings of the first test and came away with his second 50-plus score of the test series having also made a century in the ODI series. His innings came from 124 balls and included three fours.
Fantasy AnalysisThe young batsman who has already crafted a respectable and impressive ODI record impressed again at the Adelaide Oval, by becoming the first Pakistan batsman since 1989 to hit a century against Australia in Australia. His 130 run partnership with Sharjeel Khan gave his side hope on the way to a 109-ball century. In the field Azam also took the catch of top-scorer David Warner off Junaid Khan's bowling.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving struggled in the clean-sweep test series against Australia earlier this month, Azam needed a score for his own confidence. The young batsman fell just two runs short of a century and scored just under a run-a-ball with his knock coming from 113 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisPlaying the support innings to Ali's massive triple century, Azam made his way to a score of 69 before he was eventually dismissed by Devendra Bishoo, caught by Jason Holder.
Fantasy AnalysisComing to the crease with the score at a healthy 1-85, Azam was allowed time to get his eye in before he started to build an innings. Together with opener Azhar Ali, they took the score to 232 before the opening batsmen fell with the partnership ending at 147 runs. Adam was eventually dismissed for 117 with the score on 280, being bowled by Kieron Pollard.
Fantasy AnalysisAzam has made an absolute meal of the West Indies thus far in this series, hitting his first ODI century in the first match of the series and topped his previous high-score from Friday with 123 on Sunday. After struggling against England, Azam's performances of late have led to his inclusion in Pakistan's upcoming Test squad against the West Indies, which would mark his debut with the Test side.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 21 year old batsmen in just his second T20 match top scored for Pakistan as they breezed to a nine wicket win, having been able to restrict the West Indian side to 116. Coming in at three, Azam made his way to a score of 55 from only 37 deliveries, with six fours and two sixes highlighting his innings.