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Former Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman said the “whole world acknowledges” that captain Babar Azam is number one.
His comments come after Azam made scores of 103, 31 and 94 in the ODI series against South Africa, giving him a total of 228 runs at an average of 76.
As for the T20 series, he made 14 and 50 in the first two matches before hammering a career-best 122, which came off 59 balls and included 15 boundaries and four sixes, in the third T20 International.
In the fourth game, he was dismissed for 24 and thus finished with 210 runs in four matches at an average of 52.50 and a strike-rate of 143.83.
He amassed 95 runs in the three-match T20 series against Zimbabwe, which included a top score of 52, at an average of 31.66 and a strike-rate of 100.
During that series, he became the fastest batsman to score 2,000 runs in T20 Internationals.
In the Test series against Zimbabwe, Azam mustered two runs at an average of one.
“The first thing about Babar Azam is his performance. The whole world acknowledges that he is number one,” Abdur told Cricket Pakistan.
“When your performance is good and you are winning your team matches as well, it brings the morale of the team up.”
Pakistan’s next series will be a limited overs tour of England, where they will play three ODIs and three T20 Internationals from July 8 to 20.
After that, they will tour the West Indies, where they will play five T20 Internationals and two Tests.
The T20 series will run from July 27 to August 3, while the Test series will get underway on August 12 and conclude on August 24.