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Pakistan v West Indies 2021/22

Babar Azam hands over Player-of-the-Match award to Khushdil Shah in heartwarming gesture

Babar Khushdil
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Following Pakistan’s win over the West Indies in Multan, skipper Babar Azam passed over the Player-of-the-Match award to Khushdil Shah, whose cameo helped the side chase down a 306-run target on Wednesday.

It was Babar who headlined Pakistan’s chase, scoring his 17th ODI century and the third on the trot. However, a middle-order fumble threatened to derail the hosts. With Babar’s men requiring 42 off 22 at one point, Khushdil hit a hat-trick of sixes, eventually ending with an unbeaten 23-ball 41 in the five-wicket win.

At the post-match ceremony, Babar was set to receive the Player-of-the-Match award for his 103, when the skipper walked up to the mic and said: “I would like to give the Man of the Match to Khushdil Shah.” It would have been Babar’s 12th Player-of-the-Match award in the format.

When asked by presenter Bazid Khan how he has transformed into a consistent power-hitter, Khushdil said: “For the last two years, I have been working on this. I used to play a lot on the leg stump, started working more on the off stump. The two recent camps were really beneficial, where the coaches have worked hard on me, on my batting and singles/doubles.”

The gesture earned plenty of praise on social media.

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