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Babar Azam Equals Wasim Akram’s Record of Most Wins as Pakistan Captain

Babar Azam has once again proven his mettle in the cricketing world. In a recent match against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, held on 4th November, Babar led Pakistan to a miraculous victory. This victory was not just another win for Pakistan, but it also placed Babar Azam in an elite group of Pakistani captains with the most number of international wins.

The match against the Kiwis was held in Bengaluru, where New Zealand set a challenging target of 401 runs. Despite the high score, Pakistan managed to secure a win, thanks to the combined efforts of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, along with a little assistance from the rain. This victory marked Pakistan’s fourth win in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and kept their hopes alive for a place in the semi-finals.

Babar Azam’s performance in this match was noteworthy. He scored a half-century, which is expected to boost his confidence ahead of Pakistan’s final league match against England. However, the record that stands out is his achievement of the most wins as Pakistan’s captain in international cricket. This victory over New Zealand was Babar Azam’s 78th win as a captain, making him the joint second Pakistani captain with the most number of international wins. He now shares this record with the legendary Wasim Akram, who also had 78 wins as Pakistan’s captain.

The record for the most number of wins as a captain is currently held by Imran Khan, the World Cup-winning captain of Pakistan, who had 89 international wins under his belt. Babar Azam, who took charge of the national team in 2019, has captained Pakistan in 133 matches, winning 78 of those and losing 43. Wasim Akram, on the other hand, captained Pakistan in 134 games, winning 78 and losing 49. Imran Khan led Pakistan in 187 games, winning 89 and losing 67 matches.

In terms of win percentage, Imran Khan had a win percentage of 57, while Wasim Akram and Babar Azam have a slightly better win percentage of 58.20 and 58.64 respectively. Despite some questions on Babar Azam’s decision-making on the field, these numbers cannot be ignored. If Pakistan makes it to the next round of World Cup 2023, there is a high probability of Babar Azam retaining the captaincy role and maybe, at some point, he can even overtake Imran Khan in this list.

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