Is a century more important to you than the team!… Babar Azam’s century in PSL, but a wrong defeat!


First Published Mar 9, 2023, 12:23 PM IST

No matter what KL Rahul does, he cannot escape trolls. So is Pakistan captain Babar Azam! No matter how well Babar Azam plays, there are no brakes for trolls against him. Babar Azam, who is currently captaining Peshawar Jelmi in Pakistan Super League, has registered a record century.

Babar Azam, who scored a century in 60 balls, became the second player to score the most centuries in T20. West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle’s 22 centuries in the T20 format equaled Michael Kingler and David Warner’s record and Babar Azam came second with 8 T20 centuries.

Peshawar Zelmi made a huge score of 240 runs after losing 2 wickets in 20 overs due to Babar Azam’s century. Saim Ayub scored 74 runs in 34 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes while Rovman Powell scored 35 runs in 18 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Babar Azam, who scored 115 runs in 65 balls with 15 fours and 3 sixes, was run out…

While Babar Azam batted at a strike rate of 175+, the other three who came into bat in the Peshawar innings scored runs at a strike rate of over 200. If you set a target of 240 runs, it will be difficult to break through in T20s. There have been no instances of hitting such a huge target in IPL.

But this score was not good enough on a Pakistan pitch like tar road. Quetta Gladiators team blew this target by losing 2 wickets in 18.2 overs. England opener Jason Roy scored 145 runs in 63 balls with 20 fours and 5 sixes and remained not out while Martin Guptill scored 21 runs in 8 balls with 3 fours and a six. Will Sameed scored 26 runs off 22 balls with a four and 2 sixes while Mohammad Hafeez scored 41 runs off 18 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.

Simon Dhul reacts strongly on Babar Azam’s century… ‘Your century is more important than the team. Things like century should always be given last priority. But here the team is getting the final priority. Looking to complete the century without hitting boundaries…

Making centuries is a great thing. Statistics are a big deal. But above all, the team is important. Winning is the priority…’ commented former New Zealand cricketer and commentator Simon Dhull…

Simon Dhull criticized Babar Azam in this way earlier too. During the series between England and Pakistan, there was a big debate about the pitch. Pakistan Cricket Board is trying to make their captain Babar Azam the greatest batsman in the world by creating pitches like this asphalt road. Having scored double centuries on such pitches, he hopes to add to his tally. But what is the benefit of this to the team and cricket? What do you do with just records without wins…’ commented Simon Dhul.

Last Updated Mar 9, 2023, 12:23 PM IST


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