Born to parents Azam Siddique Babar Azam is a Pakistani international cricketer. He plays for the Pakistan team as a captain of the national cricket team. He is considered one of the finest batsmen in world cricket.
Babar started playing cricket in age group cricket. He was mentored by Mansoor Hameed who used to him training at Yuslin cricket club. Babar Azam began his journey of cricket from his birthplace Lahore. In an interview once Babar’s coach told him that “Babar was a very shy kid when he came to our club. In the beginning, he had to struggle for two months since he was still adjusting. But once he was settled he was a fire. It was impossible to get him out. He was very hard working and dedicated from the begging of his career and is still following the same routine.
Test match International debut – Pakistan vs Zimbabwe at Gaddafi Stadium on 31st May 2015.
ODI match International debut – Pakistan vs West Indies at Dubai International cricket stadium on 31 October 2016.
T20 match – England vs Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford on 7th September 2016.
The names of some of the Domestic and state teams from which he played are as follows-
- Central Punjab (Pakistan)
- Faisalabad and Rawalpindi
- Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Islamabad United
- Karachi Kings
- Lahore Blues Leopards
- Full Name – Mohammad Babar Azam
- Nickname – Bobby
- Profession – Cricketer
- Role – Batsman
- Batting style – Right-handed Bat
- Play for the team – Pakistan
- Jersey number – #56 (ODI) and #56 (T20)
- Hometown – Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
- Height – 5’7”
- Age – 27 years
- Physical Appearance:
- Height: 180 cm (approx).
- Weight: 67kg or 147 lbs
- Color of eye: Dark Brown
- Hair color: Black
- DOB – 15 October 1994
- Birth Place – Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
- Zodiac Sign – Libra
- Nationality – Pakistani
- School – The Lords International School system
- College – University of Punjab
- Religion – Islam
Facts which you should know about Babar Azam
Babar Azam has one sibling named Safeer Azam. He also has three cousins who play cricket for team Pakistan. They are Kamran Akmal, Adnan Akmal and Umal Akmal.
During his struggle days, Babar Azam used to leave at 10 am from his home along with his cousin to practice cricket. They used to walk for hours longer to reach the park where they could net practice.
The first bat Babar purchased was for 1500 PKR. The money was his mother’s entire savings which she gave him to get the bet. He thanked his mother for believing him when others didn’t in his tweet on the occasion of Mother’s day. Furthermore, he also confesses that every inch of him is indebted to his mother and he loves her so much.
Babar Azam made a cameo in a live broadcast test match in 2007. The match was between Pakistan and South Africa. He was the Ball boy in the field. In the 42nd over of South Africa’s innings, JP Duminy hit six and Babar caught the brilliant catch. The match commentator Ian Bishop praised him for his catch.
In 2008, Babar Azam debut his first International cricket at the age of 14 in ICC under-15 world championship. In his very first match, he played a spectacular knock against America U-15. He was able to score 165 runs off 140 balls with 15 boundaries and 2 sixes. He was the top scorer on his team in the respective match.
Babar Azam was the top scorer for the team Pakistan at ICC Under-19 championship. He played two matches in that championship. Pakistan managed to reach the Under-19 finals but lost to the Australian team in 2010. Moreover in 2012, Babar Azam played under 19 as the captain of the Pakistani team. Unfortunately they lost to the Indian team in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Babar Azam made his debut in domestic cricket at the age of 15 in an A list match for team ZTBL against Pakistan Customs in the Royal Bank of Scotland cup. He scored 68 runs off 78 balls with 10 boundaries and a six. ZTBL won the match easily with 6 wickets left. He was considered the man of the match in that game.
In a list of A Match, Babar Azam has played 144 matches. The total runs he scored is 6724 runs which makes an average of 54.66 runs and a strike rate of 86.20. 23 centuries and 35 half centuries are in the name of Babar along with the highest score of 142 runs (not out).
Babar Azam made his debut ODI against Zimbabwe at Lahore on 31st May 2015. It was a very special and memorable match for him as he was playing his debut match on his home ground, Gadaffi stadium. Babar was able to score a half-century. However, the match ended with No result due to unfavorable playing conditions.