Najam Sethi Praises Babar Azam: Pakistan star batter Babar Azam’s name once again starts to flood in social media right after ICC awards him the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year awards.
Najam Sethi Praises Babar Azam
In 2022, Babar Azam scored 2598 runs in 44 matches. Chairman of the PCB management committee, Najam Sethi, presented the award to the Pakistan skipper Babar Azam with the awards at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam faced lots of criticism over his captaincy for not being able to register a Test victory at home last year, but Salman Butt backs Babar Azam over his failures.
Notably, Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria suggests that Babar shouldn’t be compared to Virat Kohli. Kaneria also termed Babar “a big zero” when it comes to captaincy.
Though he received mixed comments over his captaincy, Babar took out both the major men’s cricket award, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, as well as the Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year in the ICC Awards 2022, beating competitive fields in both categories.
During their interaction, Sethi asked Babar about his fame and form, to which Babar replied by stressing the importance of simplicity and focus in his approach to cricket.
“Four years ago, a friend asked to take care of a boy named Babar Azam. That friend told me to remember he would make a great batter. That day and today, I thank this friend,” Sethi said.
“I work hard and try to keep things simple. I keep my mindset simple and focused, which makes cricket easier.”
“I keep myself ready for all situations. What you think or want to do sometimes doesn’t happen. When you’re down or out of shape, you need support,” he added.
— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) February 1, 2023
Netizens always compare Pakistan captain Babar Azam with Indian great Virat Kohli and start the war on who is the better batter, Virat or Babar. Many cricketers including Matthew Hayden, and Abdul Razzaq explains the answer to the most debatable question.
While South African batter Faf du Plessis drew the similarities between Babar and Virat. But former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq believes Babar Azam has an edge over Virat Kohli for having a calm demeanour.
Earlier, Babar Azam’s Private Videos leaked on social media and created a bustle in the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Babar Azam will be seen in action in the upcoming PSL 2023 where he will captain the Peshawar Zalmi. As per PSL 2023 schedule, Peshawar Zalmi will play their first match of the season against Karachi Kings on February 14 at National Stadium, Karachi.