Babar Azam has won his first four Test matches as captain, making him the first Pakistani to do so. Former captains Waqar Younis and Saleem Malik had won three of their first four matches as captains, but Babar broke that record.
After a clinical success on the first three days of the Test match, Babar’s team wrapped up the series against Zimbabwe. Pakistan won the series 2-0, with both matches being decided by an innings. Babar’s other two wins came in a 2-0 series victory over South Africa at home.
Meanwhile, following a clean sweep of the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe, Pakistan has won their sixth consecutive series. This is just the sixth time since 1952 that Pakistan has won six or more consecutive series.
Pakistan beat South Africa in Tests and T20Is at home earlier this year, then won the T20I and ODI series in the rematch before finishing the African tour with T20I and Test series victories in Harare.
Despite the team’s impressive results, Babar Azam batting record in the Test series against Zimbabwe was concerning. In two innings, he only scored two runs, including a duck in the first Test match. As a Test captain, he has a disappointing overall batting record. In his four matches as captain, he has scored 124 runs and just one half-century at an average of 20.66.
He has also slipped down the ICC Test batsman rankings as a result of his recent results. After a poor performance in the first Test match, he dropped from sixth to ninth place.
Babar has confirmed numerous times that his main goal is for the team to win matches and step up in the ICC rankings, despite his own lack of form. Babar will concentrate on the remainder of the PSL 6 before preparing for Pakistan’s limited-overs tour of England in July.