Babar finished as the leading run-getter at the 2021 T20 World Cup
Pakistan captain Babar Azam finished as the leading run-getter at the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the help of four half-centuries, the 28-year-old scored 303 runs at a strike rate of 126.25.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan and ex-Indian opener Virender Sehwag have predicted that Babar Azam will finish as the highest run scorer in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Both individuals made these remarks while talking to Cricbuzz about the upcoming Pakistan-India clash on Sunday.
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"Babar Azam from Pakistan. He has been extraordinary. Great fun to watch. There is a sense of calmness whenever Virat Kohli bats and you get something similar when watching Babar," said Sehwag.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan agreed with Sehwag and heaped massive praise on the 28-year-old batter.
"This year's T20 World Cup, I am going with Babar Azam. Brilliant player, Pakistan's opening batter. A great combination with Rizwan at the top of the order. So consistent, Babar Azam will score the most runs," Vaughan said.
Last week, world-renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle also heaped praises on Azam. In a video posted on his official Twitter account, Bhogle recalled a shot played by Azam during the recently-concluded triangular series in New Zealand.
"Now I am in my hotel room in Melbourne and have nothing to do, so I am watching New Zealand versus Pakistan. He [Babar Azam] didn't score much, it was 15 of 14, but there was one shot he played off Tim Southee. Just stand up on the back foot and hit it straight past the bowler. And I said, wow, I want to see a lot more of that,” said Bhogle.
"At the moment, he was one of the most exciting players in the world. And if you're doing nothing, just watch Babar Azam, and you won't get bored," he added.