May be many of the cricket fans would not agree with the title of my blog but that’s how I analyzed Babar Azam’s cricket so far. If you look at his statistics so far in his one day international cricket career than no one can argue that he is becoming a new batting sensation in world cricket but as one of the saying elaborates the insignificance of stats
“99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.”
It is his game awareness and unwillingness to adapt to the playing situation which is putting up a big question mark on his skills. One of the recent example of his selfish style of play we have seen in first ODI of the ongoing cricket series of Pakistan vs. Srilanka when he just look to take the game ahead at his own pace and didn’t try to up the scoring rate even in the final overs of the innings when Pakistan still have the many wickets in the bank but he just crawled at his own pace as he was nearing to a personal land mark.
In modern day cricket when average batting scores are soaring up to 320-350 runs per innings in a perfect bating conditions, Pakistan managed to put 290 runs on the scoreboard against an inexperienced Srilankan bowling attack; largely due to innings of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik who just took the attack to the Srilankan bowling when Babar Azam was finding it hard to accumulate runs. Ad judgement of Shoaib Malik as player of the match ahead of the centurion Babar Azam showed the significance of Malik’s assault which was missing during the Babar Azam’s innings.
If Pakistani bowlers didn’t managed to defend this target than all those dot balls that Babar have played during his innings and his snail’s pace during the end overs could easily made him accountable for this loss. And all those who are praising his another ODI century would be cursing him. If you can look at Pakistan’s batting card in the first ODI than Babar has the lowest strike rate amongst the entire batsman’s who have come to bat.
In test matches where he has been given an extended run despite mediocre first class record with just two centuries and an average of under 35 runs per innings he just didn’t get going so far and blocking the way for other talented cricketers who have better record than him in longer format.
Babar needs to sort his game quickly if he wants to keep himself among the top batsman of the current era, otherwise he will be remembered as one of the selfish players that have played for Pakistan.