PAK v SA 2018-19

Cricket world went all praise for Babar Azam

Babar Azam was a picture of beautifully measured batting violence but his team mates somehow contrived to lose a game that should have been easily won.

They faltered to a seven-run defeat that only Pakistan can muster after David Miller’s late onslaught helped South Africa to post 188/3.

Babar cared less about what his partners did and drilled boundary after boundary. There were nine of them when he crossed 50 in only 34 balls and batted with an ease that drove the errant South African bowling to distraction.

He caned everyone bar the economical debutant Lutho Sipamla, who put the brakes on Pakistan’s fast start. Every other bowler was put through the wringer as Pakistan raced to 63/1 five overs and 70/1 after the six-over power-play period.

The pressure was slightly released when Pakistan were 101/1 after 10 overs but Hussain Talat (55), who batted well, inexplicably starved Babar of the strike and soaked up valuable balls.

Just when he was set to score a century, Hendricks pinned him for 90 that was scored in 58 balls with 13 fours and a six.

Mickey Arthur: “Babar Azam is an absolute genius and he’s just going to get better and better. I said 2 years ago he will be the next big thing and he’s just getting better each year”

Shoaib Malik: “Babar Azam is a class player. If you are playing on good pitches and against good bowling attacks you have to play proper cricketing shots and that’s what he did”

Here’s how Cricket World hailed Babar Azam:

Makhaya Ntini regarding Babar Azam: “Wow, Wow. What a player. The timing is perfect”

Herschelle Gibbs: Serious player this babar azam…been impressed with him whole tour.

Shoaib Akhtar: “Babar Azam has all the ingredients of a classic batsman! What a wonderful inning he is playing.”

Here’s how twitterati world reacts:

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