Netizens have slammed International Cricket Council (ICC) for ignoring skipper Babar Azam for the player of the tournament award.
Instead, ICC gave the award to Australia’s David Warner. Australia won the T20 World 2021 after defeating New Zealand in UAE on Sunday. Australia lifted the cup for the first time in T20 World Cup. However, Pakistani fans are disappointed that ICC ignored skipper Babar Azam for the award despite performing consistently in the tournament.
Was really looking forward to see @babarazam258 becoming Man of the Tournament. Unfair decision for sure.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 14, 2021
As per the statistics, Babar Azam scored more runs than any batter including David Warner in the tournament. Azam scored 303 runs at the rate of 60.60 in the world cup while Warner came in second with 289 runs at an average of 48.16.
Cricket fans including former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar also disapproved of the decision taken by ICC. “Was looking forward to seeing @babarazam258 becoming Man of the Tournament. The unfair decision for sure” said Shoaib Akhtar in his tweet.
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West Indian player Sherfane Rutherford also expressed his shock over Babar Azam not being given the player of the tournament.
Muhammad Rizwan and Babar Azam: The best duo
Meanwhile, in the tournament, Muhammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam continued to break and set records in the cricketing field.
Leading run-scorers in #T20WorldCup2021
Babar Azam: 303
David Warner: 289
Virat Kohli in 2016 has scored something 320 runs, and yet he won the player of the tournament award due to BCCI tax. But Babar is a 🇵🇰i.
Still you are my man of the tournament, Babar Azam ❤️ pic.twitter.com/DDs8IQzDLg
— Rana Danish Arslan (@RanaDanish92) November 14, 2021
Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan scored two-century stands in the T20 World Cup 2021. They first scored a century partnership against India and then against Namibia. Both the opening batsmen scored half-century with Muhammad Rizwan unleashing brutal hitting in the last over of the innings.
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Pakistani players put the opening partnership of 113 runs against Namibia. This is their fifth-century partnership in the T20 which is a record. They have surpassed the record set by Indian players Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan and New Zealand’s skipper Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill. These two pairs have put up an opening century partnership on four occasions. Pakistan seems to have surpassed this record.