Babar Azam extends brilliant form in England with T20 Blast blitz

Ajit Vijaykumar 18:43 30/07/2019
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Babar Azam playing for Somerset.

Pakistan star batsman Babar Azam is in the form of his life and he is making the most of it.

The best young batsman in the game entered the extended tour of England – that included an ODI series against England followed by the World Cup and now a stint with county side Somerset – high on hopes. And he has delivered.

Babar was one of the few bright sparks for Pakistan during their underwhelming World Cup campaign, hitting three fifties and a ton in eight innings. While it wasn’t quiet enough to seal a semi-final spot for Pakistan, Babar had proven his class at the biggest stage. And he took that confidence in the T20 Blast for Somerset, hitting successive fifties.

After a slow start in the first two matches, Babar cracked an unbeaten 95 off 61 balls against Hampshire. He followed it up with 83 off just 50 balls against Sussex. Unfortunately, both knocks ended in defeat.

With his two latest innings, Babar has extended his great run in England. In his last 10 innings in the country – ODIs and then T20s – Babar has hit four fifties and a ton. Two of those knocks were scores of 90s and only one outing produced less than 30 runs. And he entered the World Cup on the back of a century and an 80 in his last two knocks in the England ODI series.

It is his consistency which will give Pakistan fans and management hope for the future as he is well equipped to take on any condition and format.

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