The 25-year-old Pakistan limited-overs captain Babar Azam recently revealed how he decided to become a specialist batsman that had led him to the present success.
Babar Azam is now compared with the greatest batsmen in international cricket history, including the present Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has set a great example of consistency in batting and fitness.
After making his international debut in 2015, Babar has played 26 Tests, 74 ODIs and 38 T20Is where the right-handed batsman has scored 1850 runs (average 45.12), 3359 runs (average 54.17) and 1471 runs (average 50.72) respectively. At present, he is the no.1-ranked T20I batsman, no.3-ranked ODI batsman and no.5-ranked Test batsman.
In a very short time of his international career, Babar has impressed hugely and set up an incredible level of consistency in batting, which he has maintained in every format.
Nobody could have got me out in Gully Cricket: Babar Azam
Recently, Babar revealed that he hardly lost his wicket during his past days in Gully Cricket. Those successes helped him to become a specialist batsman, and it has suited with him perfectly.
According to Ary Sports, Babar said, “I used to play Gully Cricket a lot and guess what, nobody could have got me out. From there, I decided to become a specialist batsman and here I am.”
Babar is now handling the big role of the captaincy in Pakistan’s ODI and T20I sides. While he has already led the Pakistan team in five T20Is, where his team won twice, lost twice and the other one had no result, he hasn’t experienced his ODI captaincy yet.
Pakistan players, including Babar Azam, are currently in England. In this England tour, Pakistan will play the three-match Test series (5th-25th August) and three-match T20I series (28th August-1st September). The Test series in this tour will be a part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship, where Azhar Ali will lead the Pakistan team. Meanwhile, Babar will continue his leadership role in the T20I series in this tour.