He was under criticism for not doing enough. Despite scoring runs in double figures, people wanted him to go into triple figures and he did exactly that against New Zealand on Wednesday at Edgbaston.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has admitted that he was frustrated prior to his side’s World Cup clash against New Zealand on Wednesday as he had not been able to convert his starts into hundreds.
Azam was named Man of the Match in the game against New Zealand for his unbeaten 101, which came off 127 balls and included 11 boundaries.
“I was frustrated about not scoring a hundred, I was getting out in the 40s and [on] 60, 70,” he said.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam dedicated his century against New Zealand on Wednesday to his family and the fans.
“The dearest thing to me is that we won the match. I will dedicate my hundred to my family and the fans for supporting us,” he said.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has his sights set on becoming one of the best batsmen in the world.
“My target is to be amongst the top players, I plan to give my 100 percent and perform. Not perform for myself, but for the team. Not that I shouldn’t perform individually, I am happy about that, [but] I am happy when my team wins,” he said.
The batsman added, he is hopeful that Pakistan will win its next two matches against Afghanistan in Leeds and then Bangladesh on July 5.
“We have got the momentum and I am confident that we’ll win our remaining matches as well,” Babar said.
Responding to a question about the comparison being done to the 1992 World Cup, Babar said, the team is not thinking much about that.
Pakistan’s win sequence and many other factors in this tournament aren’t different from what it was in 1992; giving many a hope that the final result won’t be different as well.
However, Babar is hopeful that Pakistan will give its best in remaining matches and try to make it to the final four and the final of the World Cup.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.