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jayant   |  2022-01-30

Babar Azam: 20 Captivating Facts about Pakistan’s New Sensation

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain in all three formats of the game, is one of the finest cricketers of the modern era.

A right-handed top-order batsman, Babar arrived as a savior of the struggling Pakistan batting.

One of the most promising names coming from Pakistan, Azam has impressed fans and critics worldwide.

So, today we have listed down 20 captivating facts about the talented batsman coming from Pakistan.

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1) On 15 October 1994, Babar was born into a Punjabi Muslim family in Lahore of Pakistan.

2) Babar Azam is the first cousin of famous Pakistan cricketers Kamran and Umar Akmal.

Both Kamran and Umar Akmal were his early cricketing inspiration. Looking at their success, he started playing cricket from a very young age.

3) Before joining the cricket academy of Rana Sadiq, his first coach, Babar was a ball boy at the famous Gaddafi Stadium

4) He was appointed the captain of Pakistan in the 2012 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

Batting at No.3 for Pakistan in that tournament, Azam was the leading run-scorer for Pakistan with 287 runs from six matches at an average of 57.40

Pakistan reached the quarter-finals of that tournament but got defeated by India by one wicket.

5) Babar made an impressive international debut against Zimbabwe at Lahore in 2015

In that match, he scored 54 runs off 60 balls which included four sixes.

6) In 2016, against the West Indies in the UAE, Babar Azam became the only batsman to get past the 350+ runs in a three-match ODI series.

Babar scored three consecutive centuries ( 120, 123, 117 ) and became the third Pakistani batsman after Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar to hit three consecutive hundreds

7) In October 2016, Babar made his test debut against West Indies in Dubai in a Day-night test match

By doing so, he became the second cricketer after Mitchell Santner to make his Test debut in a day-night encounter.

8) In that same match, Babar scored his maiden test half-century ( 69 runs ) and became one of the few players to score a half-century on both test and ODI debut.

9) In 2017, Babar Azam became Pakistan’s ODI Player of the year, and he was also included in 2017’s ICC World ODI XI

10) In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, against New Zealand, Azam scored his 10th century in ODIs ( 101 not out ) and helped Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets

With this century, he became the fastest batsman for Pakistan to score 3,000 runs in ODIs

11) In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Babar managed to score 474 runs from his 8 World Cup innings

With that, he broke Javed Miandad’s record of scoring the most number of runs in a single edition of the World Cup by any Pakistani batsman.

12) In September 2019, Babar again broke Javed Miandad’s record to become the fastest Pakistani player to reach 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year

13) In 2021, against South Africa, Babar scored his maiden T20I century (122) in Centurion

In that match, he and Mohammad Rizwan shared an opening partnership of 197 runs, the highest partnership for Pakistan in T20Is

14) In 2021, against Zimbabwe, Babar became the fastest batsman to score 2,000 T20I runs ( 52 innings )

15) Babar Azam is also the leading run-scorer in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), with 2125 runs in 60 innings

16) On 24 October 2021, under his captaincy, Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets in the 2021 T20 World Cup

With that, he became the first Pakistani captain to defeat India in a World Cup match.

17) He was the captain of the ‘ICC Men’s T20I Team’ and ‘ICC Men’s ODI Team’ of the Year 2021

18) Of all his 20 international centuries, the Pakistan skipper’s favorite one is his first ODI century which he got against West Indies in 2016

19) Babar Azam is a diehard fan of former South African cricketer AB de Villiers and wishes to play shots like him.

20) A gym lover, Babar takes gym workouts very seriously and keeps posting his workout videos on social media.

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