Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has responded to the allegations of being a selfish cricketer. Babar Azam is the only Pakistani to feature in the ICC rankings of all three formats. He recently displaced Indian skipper Virat Kohli to become the number one ODI batsman. He is ranked third and ninth in T20Is and Tests respectively.
Recently, some of the critics called Babar Azam a selfish cricketer. Responding to the allegations, Azam said that people can have their own opinion but he will always play according to the situation of the game.
“Everyone has their own opinion but I won’t call it selfish, I play according to the requirements of the team,” he was quoted as saying by ARY Sports.
“Sometimes you have to play aggressively and sometimes you have to change your game according to the team’s capability.
“As a player, I have to bat along with others and play all overs. I don’t bother that much [with] what people are saying.”
The 26-year-old has been in stellar form of late and led Pakistan to ODI and T20I series wins in South Africa. He scored 228 runs at an average of 76 including a hundred and a half-century in the ODI series against South Africa.
He followed it up with scores of 14, 50 and a career-best 59 ball 122 in the T20I series. In the final game, he was dismissed for 24 and ended the series with 210 runs at an average of 52.50 and a strike rate of 143.
He hasn’t lived up to the expectations in Zimbabwe yet and managed only 95 runs in the T20I series. In the first Test, he was dismissed for a first-ball duck. The second Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan will get underway from May 07th and Babar Azam would be looking to end the series on a high.
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