In a thrilling encounter at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, the Pakistan cricket team scripted a miraculous win against New Zealand, breathing new life into their semi-final aspirations.
The Pakistanis played their eighth match of the tournament at Bengaluru, with the Kiwis setting a daunting target of 401 runs. Against all odds, Pakistan emerged victorious, thanks to Fakhar Zaman’s heroics, Babar Azam’s composed leadership, and a touch of assistance from the weather, securing their fourth win of the tournament.
This historic victory held significant implications, not only for Pakistan’s World Cup journey but also for their captain, Babar Azam. The elegant batsman showcased his mettle by scoring a crucial half-century in this high-stakes game, boosting his confidence for the upcoming final league match against England. However, it was his record as Pakistan’s captain that grabbed the spotlight.
Babar Azam’s 78th win as captain of the national team in international cricket marked a significant milestone. He now shares the second position for the most international wins as Pakistan’s captain with the legendary Wasim Akram, who also had 78 wins during his captaincy tenure. The only captain who surpasses them both is the great World-Cup winning skipper, Imran Khan, who amassed an impressive 89 international wins.
Babar Azam took charge of the Pakistan national team in 2019 and has since led them in 133 matches, with 78 wins and 43 losses under his belt. Comparatively, Wasim Akram captained Pakistan in 134 games, securing 78 victories but enduring 49 defeats. Imran Khan, the all-time leader, captained Pakistan in a remarkable 187 matches, with 89 wins and 67 losses. In terms of win percentage, Imran Khan had 57%, while Wasim Akram and Babar Azam boast slightly higher win percentages at 58.20% and 58.64%, respectively.
Despite Babar Azam’s captaincy raising questions about his on-field decision-making, these numbers underscore his effectiveness as a leader. As Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 journey continues, there’s a strong possibility that Babar Azam may retain the captaincy role. In doing so, he could inch closer to Imran Khan’s remarkable record, adding a new chapter to Pakistan’s cricketing history.
As cricket fans eagerly anticipate the World Cup’s next round, all eyes will be on Babar Azam, who, with determination and a winning spirit, could very well become Pakistan’s most successful captain in international cricket.
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