The eighth ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament is scheduled to be played in Australia in October and November of 2022. Originally, the tournament was to be held in 2020 but due to covid-19 restrictions, it was not possible for ICC to start the tournament in time. So, later on, it was decided that the tournament will be held in Australia in 2022.
In this tournament, Pakistan will also shine with the possible opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan commonly known as Babar-Rizwan duo. This Pakistani opening pair was just outstanding throughout the year 2021. These two batters made a lot of opening partnerships in the year 2021 and made so many runs in the year and this was the main reason behind Pakistan’s success in the shortest format.
Babar-Rizwan duo has scored almost 6 opening hundred-partnerships and this is most by any opening pair in the T20 cricket history so far. Previously, Rohit Sharma and Kl Rahul was the opening pair who made 5 opening partnership stands. Babar-Rizwan duo almost made four 150+ stands in the calendar year which was the most by any batting pair.
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From their all 100+ partnerships, three were scored while chasing and all these were scored in 2021. They scored 197 runs partnership against South Africa before scoring 152 runs against their arch-rivals India in T20 World Cup and this 152 runs stand was the best performance for the Pakistan team.
Overall, this duo scored 1473 runs in the shortest format with an average of 56.65 and it is the fifth most runs from any pair in T20I cricket. This opening pair of Pakistan only played 27 T20I games together as an opener and performed very well for Pakistan and played a great role in the success of Pakistan Cricket. So, Due to all their hard work and performances, it is expected that Pakistan will definitely appear with the same opening duo of Babar-Rizwan in the Tournament and will hold strong contestants of the tournament as a unit.