Role Top order batsman, Right-arm off break Bowler, Right-handed Batsman
Relation(s) Kamran Akmal (Cousin), Adnan Akmal (Cousin), Umar Akmal (Cousin)
Babar Azam Biography
Mohammad Babar Azam was born on 15 October 1994 in Lahore Pakistan. He is a right handed batsman who comes in at top order.
Babar is consistent and dependable with his bat and has played all three formats of the game.
Babar Azam’s journey in cricket began with under-15 world championship in 2008.
He moved forward through the age-groups, playing two under-19 world cups for Pakistan in 2010 and 2012.
Azam’s solid performances in the junior level cricket meant a definite call to play for the senior team.
In May 2015, he made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in the third match, coming in at number 4 he scored 54 off 60 balls as Pakistan won the match comfortably.
In his T20 debut against England on 7 September 2016 he scored a 15 not out, in helping his team reach the target of 138 to win the match.
Azam made his Test debut later in 2016 against West Indies at UAE and scored 69 from 105 balls in the first innings.
However he could not contribute much in the second innings but Pakistan won the match by 56 runs.
Rise to Glory
Babar’s maiden century came against West Indies in an ODI, scoring 120 off 131 balls. He won the man of the match award and proved to be an important batsman for the Pakistan side. He continued his form in the second ODI scoring an even faster 123 off 126 balls and winning the man of the match award yet again.
Babar ended up getting his third consecutive century in the third match scoring 117 off 106 balls. It was a dream series for the young lad.
On 19 January 2017, Babar became joint-fastest player to score 1,000 ODI runs, in the third ODI against Australia, as he finished the series as the leading run scorer.
To back his consistent form Babar was appointed vice captain of the Pakistan side.
He continued to score runs against West Indies in upcoming series followed by a great run of form in the T20 format of the game.
Azam was initially bought by Islamabad United for playing in the Pakistan Super League but could not take part in the tournament due to injury.
He later moved to Karachi Kings in 2017, performing well in the second season with them he scored 291 with an average of 34.33 in the season.
He was retained by Karachi for the 2018 PSL draft.
Azam's Record in Numbers
Azam is the fastest batsman in the world to reach 7th ODI hundred in just 33 innings. He is also the first batsman to score 5 consecutive centuries in one country in the ODI history.
Azam had the most ODI runs by a Pakistani cricketer in the 2016 and 2017 calendar year.