Mohammad Babar Azam is a Pakistani international cricketer and current captain of the Pakistan national cricket team in all formats. In contemporary cricket, many widely regard him as one of the finest batters. He is ranked as the number one batter in ODIs and third in T20Is and fourth in Tests. A right-handed top-order batter, he captains Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL and Central Punjab in Pakistan’s domestic cricket. With 42 wins, he is the joint most successful T20I captain of all time.
Azam’s maiden T20 century of 122 which he scored against South Africa is the highest current individual score by a Pakistani in the format. Azam was a member of the Pakistan team that won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy
A Passion Ignited
Babar Azam’s story begins on the streets of Lahore, where his love for cricket sparked. Growing up in a cricket-centric family, he found inspiration in his elder brothers, whose matches he avidly watched.Babar’s talent quickly caught the eye, propelling him into the Under-15 and Under-19 teams, setting the stage for his remarkable journey ahead.
Swift Ascent to Stardom
In 2015, Babar Azam marked his debut in international cricket, donning the Pakistani jersey against Zimbabwe.He entered the cricketing arena and immediately found success, notably scoring a remarkable 54 runs in his maiden One Day International (ODI) match. Babar’s meteoric rise continued as he became the fastest Pakistani player to reach 1,000 runs in ODIs, achieving this feat in a mere 21 innings. His prowess with the bat led Pakistan to the edge of the World Cup semifinals in 2019, where he emerged as the team’s highest run-scorer.
Captaining the Ship
In August 2020, Babar Azam’s career reached a significant milestone. He assumed the captaincy for all three formats of the game.. Remarkably, at just 26 years old, he stepped into this prestigious role, becoming the second-youngest captain in Pakistan’s history. Under his leadership, Pakistan achieved a historic victory in South Africa, clinching their first-ever series win in April 2021.
The Maestro at Play
Babar Azam defines his cricketing style with elegance and versatility. His graceful stroke play, combined with an ability to score in all directions, sets him apart. These qualities collectively define him as a cricketing gem, contributing immensely to his team’s success on the field.. This multifaceted talent underscores his versatility and value to the Pakistan cricket team
The Accolades and Future Prospects
Babar Azam’s brilliance earned him a plethora of awards, including the prestigious Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2021. He won PCB’s Men’s Player of the Year and the ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Year. He’s poised to become a cricketing great, leaving a lasting legacy in the sport.