Usually a calm and sedate personality, Pakistan captain Babar Azam had his rare moment of anger on the field recently.
Batting in one of the National T20 Cup matches, Babar unleashed his wrath on the turf as he got frustrated after missing a delivery and banged his bat at the side of the playing surface.
Free of national duties for a short period due to the cancellation of New Zealand and England’s visits to Pakistan, Babar is taking part in the National T20 Cup.
The incident talked about here is from Central Punjab’s game against the Northern in Rawalpindi on September 30.
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Babar Azam bangs the turf with his bat in a rare moment of anger
Facing his Pakistan teammate and Northern left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, Babar Azam missed an attempted pull shot for a delivery aimed to be in line with his leg-stump.
As the ball hit his front pad, Babar got angst and frustrated and took a couple of steps to his right and smashed the nearby patch on the ground hard with his willow.
It was a very rare moment of anger on Babar’s part as he is not known to be overly expressive on the field. The Pakistan skipper and one of the modern-day batting giants has mostly kept his emotions in check.
But Babar lost his cool when a delivery from Imad drifted onto him and clipped his front pad. Thankfully for the batter, the on-field umpire remained unmoved even as Imad and the rest of the Northern fielders went in appeal for an LBW and he could resume his innings.
Regaining his concentration after that incident, the fantastic right-hand batter went on to score his latest century in T20 cricket. Babar struck 11 fours and three sixes in his innnings and blasted an unbeaten 105 off 63 deliveries.
It was Babar Azam’s sixth hundred in T20 cricket where he has now made 7,055 runs at an average of 46.11 and strike-rate of 128.85. In T20Is for Pakistan, the 26-year-old has scored 2,204 runs at an average of 46.89 and strike-rate of 130.64, including one century and twenty half-centuries.
Babar will be captaining Pakistan at the T20 World Cup in less than three weeks’ time. His men will be starting their campaign with a Super 12 face-off against arch-rivals India on October 24 in Dubai.