Pakistan's top-order batsman Babar Azam was not a fluent T20 batsman at the start of his career as he always took time to settle before scoring freely which is said to be a weakness in the shorter formats.
The right-hander only played a handful of games in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2016 as he was dropped after a couple of games and was unable to play any more games in the winning campaign of Islamabad United (IU).
However, Babar started to improve his strike rate after 2016 as he started to find his feet at the international arena which led to him becoming the backbone of the batting lineup of Pakistan.
The 2nd season of the PSL proved to be a better season for Babar as he scored a couple of half-centuries for Karachi Kings at the top of the order. It was the same time when he started to peak at the international level where he was amassing records with his unbelievable consistency.
After 2017, Babar started to become consistent in the T20 format just like the ODIs and he has not looked back ever since. He now averages 53 in ODIs while 54 in T20Is which shows how consistent he is in white-ball cricket.
Babar’s impressive approach to the limited-overs game has made him one of the most wanted T20 players in the world after being the unwanted T20 player at the start of his career.