T20 WC: Babar Azam finished the tournament at the top of the ladder with 303 runs.© AFP
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has clarified his feelings for Babar Azam for the Player of the Tournament award despite finishing as the highest run-scorer in the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021. Akhtar called it an “unfair decision”. Award to Australian opener David Warner, who helped Australia beat teams like Pakistan and New Zealand in two high-pressure games. Warner scored 289 runs in seven matches at an astonishing average of 48.16 and a strike-rate of over 140.
Babar, however, ended up at the top of the ladder as he scored 303 runs in a game at an unheard of T20 average of 60.60 from Warner.
Here’s what Akhtar had to say about the decision:
“Really looking forward to seeing @babarazam258 become Man of the Tournament. Definitely an unfair decision.”
was really looking forward to seeing @babarazam258 Man of the tournament. Definitely an unfair decision.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 14, 2021
For someone who entered the tournament short of runs and questions his place in the national team, Warner did well to silence his critics.
Warner recorded three fifties and scored at a healthy strike-rate of 146.70 as he took his time but certainly stamped his authority on the tournament.
Warner’s coming on his own led to positive results for the team and also provided much-needed direction at the top of the order after some mediocre dismissals from captain Aaron Finch.
Australia beat New Zealand without any fuss as they claimed their maiden T20 World Cup title win with an eight-wicket win at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
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