The Pakistan Cricket team has always been known for producing quality fast bowlers. From Fazal Mehmood to Sarfraz Nawaz and from Imran Khan to Wasim, Waqar and Akhtar, the fast bowlers kept on coming.
Apart from these gems, the green shirts have also produced some amazingly talented batsmen as well. Currently, after the retirement of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousaf, the only quality batters left in the squad were Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. There were no shining stars in the batting department as both Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq were good on some particular occasions and were not consistent enough.
Then comes Babar Azam, makes his debut in the ODI series at home against Zimbabwe in 2015 and that series saw the return of international cricket in the country. Babar Azam was always meant to be talented. Coming from a great outing in the ICC U19 World Cup in 2010, his stylish stroke play took everyone by storm.
He continued his great performance in domestic cricket and soon the national selectors in 2015 noticed his performances and his solid technique also paved way for his inclusion in the senior team.
After making his debut in 2015, Babar Azam soon made his selection right as he went on to score three consecutive tons against West Indies in United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was going well with his average in ODI cricket but his strike rate was still a concern for everyone related to modern-day cricket.
He was playing consistently well in every single match and his ODI ton against Australia in Australia proved that this young lad was here to stay. After his consistent performances in ODIs,
Pakistan’s head coach at that time Mickey Arthur started rating Babar Azam on par with the fabulous four of Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson. But to be able to achieve that status, Babar needed to perform in the big matches and also he must repay for his earlier failures in Test matches.
Then comes the ICC World Cup 2019, every Pakistan cricket fan is looking towards Babar Azam and expecting him to play the brand of cricket everyone wants from him. Pakistan were up against New Zealand and they needed to win against the unbeatable Kiwis in order to stay alive in the World Cup. Babar Azam played the knock of his life in that match and registered a century to take Pakistan over the line.
That match against New Zealand turned the fortunes of the young Babar Azam and now he’s currently in the top 10 in all the three formats. Babar enjoyed a great outing in the Test series against Australia down under where the Aussie experts heaped praise on the young batting sensation.
Babar Azam is like a flower in the wilderness and the Pakistan fans have got someone to be extremely proud of. Azam scored a couple of Test centuries against Sri Lanka at home recently and now he averages in access of the 40s in Test cricket as well. Babar Azam of Pakistan is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest batsmen of Pakistan.