For the month of August 2023, Babar Azam won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for the third time.

Babar Azam, who currently holds the top rank in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings, continued to wow with his outstanding performance in July and was named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August 2023.

The Pakistani skipper was overjoyed to take the award after Babar defeated colleague Shadab Khan and hard-hitter Nicholas Pooran of the West Indies to win it for the third time.

Babar expressed his joy after being selected the ICC Player of the Month for August 2023.

“My team and I have put on some outstanding performances over the past month, which has been incredible. It was fantastic to play in front of the fervent and cricket-crazy crowds of Multan and Lahore with the Asia Cup finally visiting Pakistan after such a long time. The excitement was doubled because I achieved my second ODI score of 150+ at Multan in front of my own people.As we enter an exciting period of cricket with the Asia Cup’s conclusion quickly approaching and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup just around the horizon, I’m looking forward to make the most of my current form. We are excited to spread joy and happiness to Pakistan’s millions of supporters, together with my crew.

The veteran Pakistani player had a standout month in Asia, dominating in the 50-over format.

Babar suffered a rare setback by failing to score any runs in the opening ODI of a bilateral series in Sri Lanka against Afghanistan.

He swiftly recovered, though, showcasing his tenacity with two back-to-back fifties. The second ODI had a standout moment when Imam-ul-Haq and the Pakistan skipper combined for a crucial 118 runs, paving the way for a thrilling last-over contest.

Imam’s 91 runs and the lower-order hitters provided solid support for Babar’s 53 runs throughout the run-chase. With one ball remaining and one wicket remaining, Pakistan secured a thrilling victory.

He then added another critical 60, helping his team win the final ODI with a magnificent total of 268/8. Excellent bowling from Pakistan allowed them to win by a margin of 59 runs and sweep the series 3-0.

Babar’s outstanding play continued after the series concluded, as he had a strong debut in the ongoing Asia Cup. He put on an amazing display in the tournament opener against Nepal, scoring 151 runs off 131 balls.

The Pakistan captain became the player to reach 19 ODI century the fastest in the history of the game during this innings, setting a new record.

His 31st century for Pakistan across all formats puts him on pace with superstars Saeed Anwar and Javed Miandad. In terms of centuries for Pakistan, he currently ranks fourth, barely after Younis Khan (41), Mohammad Yousuf (39), and Inzamam-ul-Haq (35).

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