Babar Azam awarded with Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year
Babar named Cricketer of the Year [Associated Press]
Babar Azam is at the height of his power and after bagging the Male ODI Cricketer of the Year Award, the Pakistan captain has now been crowned the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2022.
It was a stellar year for the champion Pakistan batter. He accumulated 2598 runs, across all formats, at an average of 54.12. Moreover, he slammed eight centuries and 17 half-centuries, a testimony of his greatness.
The 28-year-old has elevated his game to a different level and has scored truckloads of runs in all three formats. He became the only cricketer to cross the 2000-run mark in 2022, and ensured that Pakistan's stars continue to shine brightly.
He won the ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2021, and continued the same form last year as well. He ruled the ODI format, with 679 runs in nine matches, including three centuries and five half-centuries.
Babar also had a terrific year in whites, piling up 1184 runs in just nine matches, despite his team not doing well as a unit. In 26 T2OI games last year, he amassed 735 runs, in 26 matches, including a stunning hundred against a quality England side.
2022 was also a memorable year for Babar as the limited overs skipper. His side only lost a solitary ODI game, which came at the hands of Australia. He took Pakistan to the finals of the T20 World Cup, despite facing exit at the start of the tournament.