Born on 15th October 1994 in Lahore, young cricketer, Babar Azam is the cousin of famous cricketers Akmal (Kamran, Umar and Adnan) brothers and is often denoted as a talented opening batsman. He was the leading run
Born on 15th October 1994 in Lahore, young cricketer, Babar Azam is the cousin of famous cricketers Akmal (Kamran, Umar and Adnan) brothers and is often denoted as a talented opening batsman. He was the leading run-scorer in the tri-series that included Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ‘Under 19’ in 2009. His consistency at ‘Under 19’ level pushed the selectors to offer him a chance to play for Pakistan’s national side.
Azam, who captained the Pakistan Under-19 cricket team at the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was named in the Pakistan squad for Zimbabwe series at home in 2015, where he got a great chance to make a debut on his home soil. He scored a fluent fifty in his debut and has shown glimpses of great stroke making ability. Babar then retained his spot for the Sri Lanka tour in July 2015 where he could only play two ODIs of the five-match series.
He made his Twenty20 International debut for Pakistan against England on 7 September 2016. Babar Azam managed to steal the spotlight regardless of several on-going cricket clashes. He bagged two tons in the opening two ODIs and helped his side seal the series against West Indies. His heroics at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium led him become the star of the week in the cricket world.
On 5 October 2016 he became the third batsman for Pakistan to score hundreds in three successive ODI innings and made most runs (360) in 3 match ODI Series. The 21 year old hammered his maiden ton in the opening One Day International in Sharjah. His spectacular 120 off 131 balls helped Pakistan to post a total tally of 284 from 50 overs.