Babar Azam's century

The cricketing world got to observe the most beautiful sight yesterday. Babar Azam donning the 56-numbered jersey smothered in Peshawar’s cultural design, gripping his Grey-Nicholls bat took his position at the striker’s end. What came next was a galore of glorious, magnificently timed and artistically struck shots that lit the Gaddafi stadium—its crisp noise pierced through the Lahore crowd. If there was the slightest tinge of red in the stands, it was forcefully taken over by a glaring shade of yellow. Babar Azam’s century was a sight to see and the internet can’t stop going gaga over it. Peshawar Zalmi’s lone warrior stood rock solid till the end.

Babar hushed the critics with his bat

Like a vulture that sits silently but close to its prey, waiting patiently for it to take its last breath, Azam’s critics are always on the wait for his failure. It’s their favourite topic that yields them straight As. Looks like they aren’t getting enough fodder this season of the Pakistan Super League. A different version of the right-hand batter has evolved. He’s bringing to the table a variety of new shots, elegant footwork and enough runs to consolidate his side. 

‘Babar isn’t a T20 batter’, ‘He plays too slow’, ‘ Can’t have selfish players’, ‘Doesn’t fit in our franchise’. These are some of the few statements that have been spewed against the batter. He remained silent. Kept on hearing the verbal abuse, and had an agenda brewed against him in the worst possible way yet chose to remain distant. 

This season he only let his bat do the talking. His success became so loud it made his critics go deaf. Last night’s century was the cherry on top and a loud bold statement that said ‘Babar Azam has Arrived’ with new commitments, an unorthodox style of play and a better mindset. The triple one, not-out ton has put all the agenda and its manufacturers into the mud.

Babar Azam’s Century has the Internet swooning over him

The usual hustle-bustle of the crowd suddenly ebbed, probably for a second or two, there were instantaneously loud sounds of ‘Babar Babar’ chants, almost deafening at one point. The batter had stepped foot on the turf – the main character, the centre of attention, the most beloved.

The Lahore-born then started to craft magic on the ground, defending the tactics of the opposition. Each shot that came out of his bat was a sight for the sore eyes, a balm for the hurting hearts. While fans went gaga over him in the stadium, his followers at home went berserk over the internet. Social media was bursting with praise for Pakistan’s ex-skipper. Here’s how people reacted to Bababr Azam’s century

The classy batting giant is Pakistan’s most beloved batter without a doubt. He not only plays but helps inspire and has already inspired the young generation. His success sends an entire 231.4 million population into jubilation and we love to see it.

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