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Thursday Apr 15 2021
Web Desk

Babar Azam 'blessed and honoured' by love shown by fans and country

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Pakistan's captain Babar Azam celebrates after scoring a century as Mohammad Rizwan looks on during the third Twenty20 international between South Africa and Pakistan at SuperSport Park in Centurion on April 14, 2021. Photo: AFP

Pakistan captain Babar Azam is feeling “blessed and honoured” by the love shown by his fans and people of Pakistan following his rise to the ODI rankings and the team’s victory against South Africa.

“Words cannot define the gratitude I have for my fans and especially the people of my country,” said Azam in a tweet.

The skipper admitted that his team’s success could not have been possible without their “unwavering support and trust”.

“Thank you for making me feel blessed & honoured. Keep supporting. Keep praying. Keep believing,” said Azam.

Read more: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan help Pakistan thrash South Africa in 3rd T20I

During Wednesday's game, Azam and batsman Mohammad Rizwan sailed the Men In Green to victory against South Africa in the third fixture of the four-match T20I series at Supersport Park in Centurion.

Although South Africa set a massive 204-run target, Pakistan easily chased it with nine wickets to spare. The Men in Green lead the T20I series 2-1 at the moment.

Azam hit 122 runs, comprising a whopping 15 fours and four sixes, while Rizwan scored an unbeaten 73 runs, with five fours and two sixes.

Read more: Babar Azam roars after scoring a splendid century against South Africa

The Pakistani skipper proved to the world why he is the best batsman hours after he toppled Indian captain Virat Kohli to become the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world.

Azam and Rizwan put on 197, the fourth-highest T20I partnership overall, and the highest ever in a chase, according to ESPN.