Star batsman Babar Azam was named in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI Team of the Year for the second time in his career yesterday.
The 2019 list also features cricketing behemoths such as India’s Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes of England and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
Azam, who had also made the list in 2017, expressed gratitude towards his team and also congratulated women’s team’s all-rounder Nida Dar for her inclusion in the T20I Team of the Year.
In 2019, the 25-year-old Azam scored 1,092 runs in 20 ODIs at an impressive average of 60.66. He also scored three centuries and six half-centuries.
In the same year, Azam also featured in his first Men’s Cricket World Cup and made the Pakistan record for the highest score in an edition by making 474 runs. He currently sits on the third spot in the ODI Player Rankings.