Babar Azam in recent years has emerged as Pakistan’s most prolific batters. However, in the T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 clash against India, the opener was dismissed for a golden duck by WC debutant Arshdeep Singh in his first ball.
The fast bowler had a dream start to the WC, delivering a lovely inswinger on his first World Cup delivery. Due to the intense swing movement, he beat Azam. However, the Pakistan skipper quickly requested a DRS, but it was evident from the replays that the ball was pitched in line, had an impact in line and hit the leg-stump.
This was another poor outing from the Pakistan skipper, who in his last 10 T20Is has not reached double digits on three occasions, with all the three innings coming at home in Pakistan. The 28-year old also has a poor record against the Men in Blue. In his four T20Is against the Indian cricket team, he has scored just 92 runs with a strike rate of 128.
In the Asia Cup too, Azam scored only 10 and 14 runs in his two innings against India. He only scored 68 runs in six innings during the tournament as Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final in the UAE.
His form against India in the ODIs is worse than T20Is. In his 5 one-day internationals against Team India, he has scored only 158 runs, with a strike rate of 75. He has failed to achieve even a half century against India, with his highest score being 45.
Going further into the WC, his bad form would a cause of concern for the Pakistani team management if Pakistan want to qualify for the knockout stages. He has scored a bulk of runs for the Pakistani team in the last two years alongwith Mohammed Rizwan.