Who said, all is well if the end is good? Babar Azam’s situation does not say that.
Pakistan batsman will get a chance to play one more innings in the year. Pakistan is currently playing the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne, where Babar batted in the first innings. What if you get a chance in the second innings!
Even if he did something very extraordinary in the second innings, there is no chance to call Babar’s performance in Tests this year somehow good. Today in Melbourne, Babar got out after 1 run. In this year, there are a total of 8 innings in the Test, out of which he got out for the first time today, but he did not get any fifty!
Babar got out by sinking Pakistan today in Melbourne. Imam-ul-Haq’s departure broke the opening partnership for 34 runs, but Abdullah Shafiq made a great partnership of 90 runs with skipper Shan Masood for the second wicket. At that time, it seemed as if the Melbourne pitch had suddenly forgotten to stand up to the bowlers.
Both Masood and Shafiq picked up fifties, and Pakistan passed their hundred after the tea break. But in the last ball of the 35th over, Shafiq (62) returned with a catch in the hands of Cummins. Pakistan’s score is still 128 for 2.
Pakistan did not seem to have much to worry about then. Will be – or why! Starting the day with 187 for 3, Pakistan bowled out Australia for 318 before lunch. After such a shaky start to the batting, Pakistan finally seemed to have put up a fight. After Shafiq’s departure, Babar Azam came to the crease, but Pakistan looked for confidence in his bat despite being out of form.
But what is it? Farewell to Babar after 7 balls. The out, however, is eye-catching, thanks to bowler Pat Cummins. In an extraordinary delivery, Cummins shook the off-stump in the gap of Babar’s bat-pad, at the end of the day the delivery which the Australian captain himself called – dream ball! Babar did not understand that the ball would come in so much after falling on the pitch. Played defensively on the line of the pitch, the ball went in.
The collapse of Pakistan was accelerated by Babur. Starting from Shafiq’s departure for 124 runs, Pakistan lost 5 wickets for 46 runs in 13 overs. After Babar, Masud got out by scoring 54 runs, then one by one Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman also got out.
At the end of the day, Rizwan was batting on 29 runs, his partner Amer Jamal on 2 runs unbeaten. Pakistan ended the day with 194 for 6, still 124 runs behind Australia’s first innings.
But maybe because there is more hope on him, Babur’s failure is more noticeable. This is how Pakistan has spent the entire year in Tests. Be it against New Zealand in Karachi, Sri Lanka in Galle-Colombo or Australia’s Perth or Melbourne…Babar failed everywhere. With this, his total runs in 8 innings are 163, the highest innings is 39 runs.
What will Pakistan do with this Babar!