Babar Azam, who is now the captain of Pakistan across all the formats, reveals that he has got unconditional support from his parents throughout his cricket journey to reach the top level. He is the first-time set to captain Pakistan’s Test team in the upcoming two-match Test series in New Zealand.
Coming from not a strong financial background, Babar Azam hadn’t the freedom to buy those expensive cricket kits, but his mother provided all that he needed. He opened up that his mother gave her savings to buy him the first kit. The 26-year-old wanted to keep his first bat as a souvenir but has lost it.
“We were not financially sound at that time so my mother gave me the money she had saved to buy my first kit. At that time, she had given me around 3-4000 Rs out of which I had bought my first bat for 2-2500 Rs. The excitement of buying your first kit cannot be expressed in words. I played with it for 2-3 years and took good care of it but I have lost it now,” Babar Azam said.
Babar Azam revealed that his father used to watch each and every match of him from group stage matches to domestic cricket to international cricket and gave him feedback to improve his game.
“I would especially like to mention my father – who used to take me to all the matches, watch all of them, give me feedback after every match that helped me a lot. It’s been 1 year that he is not sitting at home else he would watch all Pakistan’s matches, T20 or domestic or U19, he never missed them. He supported me throughout and I also received plenty of support from my other family members,” he added.
Babar Azam ready to take up a new challenge:
Babar Azam, who was already the white-ball captain, has replaced Azhar Ali from the Test captain’s position ahead of the New Zealand series. As all eyes will be on him for his maiden stint, Azam is optimistic and ready to take up the challenge.
“I have always played with pressure. When I came into the Pakistan team early on there was pressure on me to perform. We have to face challenges every day. Now there is a new challenge and responsibility and I will try to use my experience from white-ball cricket,” he said.
“I take advice from seniors and have learnt a lot from Saifi (Sarfaraz) and even Azhar (Ali). Whatever I have learnt and what they taught me, I am trying to apply those things and if need arises I will talk to them but in the end I will take independent decisions according to my mind-set,” Babar Azam said.
Pakistan will first play the three-match T20I series and then, two-match Test series.