Babar Azam is clearly an emerging star in International cricket with a long career ahead of him
The current vice-captain of Pakistan Cricket Team, Babar Azam, is an emerging star in International cricket. Especially, after the winning play in Champions Trophy 2017, he is now considered to be one among top batsmen in the world. He is only 23 years old, but he has already wreaked several impressive records in international cricket. He is the second joint fastest batsman to reach 1000 ODI runs and also the batsman to score highest runs in the first 25 ODIs innings. Apart from international matches along with the Pakistan cricket team, he participates in league cricket tournaments around the globe. He played in Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League. In Pakistan Super League, he plays for Karachi Kings.
Babar’s father is Azam Siddique. The player was raised in a family of international cricketers. Along with him, three of his cousins have represented team Pakistan in several formats. Kamran Akmal, the top batsman of Pakistan is his cousin. Umar Akmal and Adnan Akmal, the international cricketers, are also his brethren. Born on 15 October 1994, he reached the top echelons of world class batsmen playing comparatively lesser number of matches than other cricketers. He grew up inside the Walled city of Lahore.
Azam is from a family of cricketers. The Akmal brothers are his cousins
He started playing for Lahore as a teenager. In fact, he started playing international cricket even before reaching the age of 15. He played as an Under-15 player in World Championship of 2008. Latter, he played two Under-19 World Cup in 2010 and 2012. In the latter season, he played as the captain of U19 Pakistan team. In both of the tournaments, he played as the top scorer of Pakistan. He has an impressive batting style, which he learnt without much coaching. Even his cousin brothers, the Akmals, denied of training or teaching him. Once Kamran Akmal said, as senior players, they didn’t have to guide him because he was on his own. However, they were supportive when he needed them.
A record hitter in record time
Although he was included in the ODI team to play against Zimbabwe in 2015, he did not get the chance to debut in the first two matches. He finally debuted in the third ODI on 31 May. In his debut match, the batsman knocked a half century. His score of 54 in 60 balls made Pakistan the winner. The result of his excellent play was clearly apparent when he wreaked into international cricket being selected in both the Test and ODI series in the following campaign against Sri Lanka. However, he was not in the primary XI for the Test, while, in ODI, he did not have a good performance. He was not picked in the following ODI series against Zimbabwe. But in the ODI series against England, he came back with a good form.
In 2017, Babar Azam rose to prominence creating several global records
After the series against England, he played several successful campaigns as the match winner and highest scorer. Azam debuted T20 International in September of 2016. His unbeaten score of 15 off 11 balls helped to win the match for Pakistan. In the home series against West Indies, he became the third Pakistani player to knock three consecutive centuries. He also became the only batsman in ODI to score more than 350 runs in a three-match series.
2017 came up as an excellent year for the player. He started the array of feats becoming the joint fastest player to reach 1000 runs in ODI. He was the fastest Pakistani player. It was a five-match series, after which Azam entered the ICC’s Top Ten Batsmen list for the first time. In the year, he also became the batsman to score the highest runs in the first 25 ODIs. In 2017 Champions Trophy final, his 46 off 52 balls was crucial to win the match against India. In the year, he came out as the leading run scorer of Pakistan in ODIs and T20s, aggregating 872 and 352 runs respectively.
Azam was also compared with Virat Kohli, the team India Captain
Babar Azam has several records on to his name. He is fastest Pakistani batsman to knock 5th, 6th and 8th century. In both 2017 and 2016, he was the highest scorer in Pakistan. This even fetched him PCB’s ODI Player of the Year award. Apart from being a top-class batsman, he is also an excellent fielder. Currently, he is next to Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, in the top ODI batsmen chart. Earlier, in this year, the player attracted considerable gaffe as he was being compared to the Indian Skipper. He later, cleared the air saying he should be compared with such a ‘big player’ like Kohli. He said named Virat Kohli as one of his cricket icons.
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