Babar Azam, the captain of Peshawar Zalmi, had to miss his team’s fielding during the match against Multan Sultans because of sickness, but he had already set the tone by scoring 73 run of just 39 deliveries at very high strike rate.
Young Saim Ayub and Babar worked together to enable Zalmi record 242-6 in 20 overs. The captain had a great bat, but owing to illness, he was unable to enter the field.
Babar reportedly had a fever since the morning but nevertheless chose to participate in his team’s crucial game today.
Babar’s absence from the field owing to a fever was also confirmed by one of the commentators during the commentary.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore was heading the side in the ground in his place.
When this story was written, the Sultans were on their way to a massive total. In 13.2 overs, they scored 162-4. Quetta Gladiators chased 241 runs against Zalmi earlier this season at the same venue.
It should be noted that after today’s performance, Babar has moved into second place on the PSL 8 most runs list. In nine matches, he has scored 416 runs. Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan currently leads the PSL 8 in run-scoring with 428 runs in eight games.