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“Babar’s Unstoppable Show Steals T20I Finale: Shaheen’s Insights on T20 World Cup Prep Revealed!”

In Pakistan’s final match against New Zealand, Babar Azam showcased his batting prowess by smashing 69 runs off 44 balls, breaking the record for the most number of fours in Men’s T20I history. His fifth boundary of the innings elevated him past Ireland’s Paul Stirling, securing his position at the top with a remarkable tally of 409 fours in just 107 innings. This landmark achievement underscores Babar’s exceptional batting abilities, making him one of the most prolific boundary hitters in the format.

Babar’s stellar innings set the stage for Pakistan’s imposing total of 178/5, ultimately leading to a thrilling victory as New Zealand fell short by just 9 runs. Shaheen Afridi’s outstanding performance with the ball, particularly his crucial wickets in the 14th over, played a decisive role in Pakistan’s triumph. Despite a spirited effort from the New Zealand side, Pakistan held their nerve to clinch the series, which ended in a deadlock at 2-2.

Looking ahead to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, Afridi emphasized the need for improvement in batting, bowling, and fielding areas. He acknowledged New Zealand’s strategic approach of focusing on singles and doubles rather than boundaries, highlighting the importance of playing smart and attacking cricket in the upcoming tournament.

Afridi was awarded the Player of the Match for his impressive figures of 4/30 and was also named the Player of the Series for his eight wickets across four matches. Reflecting on his performance, Afridi emphasized his commitment to contributing with both the ball and in the field, underscoring the collective effort required in cricket.

The series also saw the return of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir, who reversed their retirement decisions to make themselves available for the T20 World Cup. Their inclusion further strengthens Pakistan’s squad, providing valuable experience and skill as they prepare for upcoming challenges.

With matches against Ireland and England in T20I series on the horizon, Pakistan aims to fine-tune their game ahead of the T20 World Cup. The anticipation builds as Pakistan gears up for their opening match against co-hosts USA on June 6, followed by a highly anticipated showdown against arch-rivals India on June 9 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

MOST FOURS IN MEN’S T20Is

RankPlayerInningsFours
1Babar Azam (PAK)107409
2Paul Stirling (IRE)136407
3Virat Kohli (IND)109361
4Rohit Sharma (IND)143359
5David Warner (AUS)103320
6Aaron Finch (AUS)103309
7Martin Guptill (NZ)118309
8Jos Buttler (ENG)105263
9Mohammad Rizwan (PAK)80260
10Mohammad Hafeez (PAK)108251

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