Babar Azam was the best batter in 2022 and finished the year as the leading run-scorer overall in international cricket.
He was ahead by a mile. The right-handed batter accumulated 2598, the fourth highest in the history of cricket.
Former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting still holds the world record for scoring the most runs in a calendar year. He had amassed 2833 in 2005. The next two spots are with former India skipper Virat Kohli, who finished 2017 and 2018 as the top scorer.
He scored 2818 runs in 2017, while his tally was 2735 next year.
Most runs as Captain in a calendar year
2833 – Ponting (2005)
2818 – Kohli (2017)
2735 – Kohli (2018)
2598 – Babar Azam (2022)*
Meanwhile, Babar failed as a leader in Test cricket. The sub-continent team lost 4 Test matches at home. Pakistan were blanked 0-3 by England, and the Aussies defeated them by 0-1.