Matches (20)
IND v ENG (1)
WPL (2)
PSL 2024 (2)
BPL 2024 (2)
NZ v AUS (1)
WCL 2 (1)
Ranji Trophy (4)
WI 4-Day (4)
CWC Play-off (3)

Full Name

Mohammad Babar Azam

Born

October 15, 1994, Lahore, Punjab

Age

29y 132d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Batter

RELATIONS

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A right-hand, top-order batsman known for his discipline and level-headed attitude, Babar Azam laid claim to a long-term spot in Pakistan's batting line-up with a strong performance in 2016, making three consecutive ODI hundreds against West Indies in the UAE, and a 90 in his third Test, in Hamilton. He was 22 years old at the time.

Born in Lahore and a first cousin to the Akmal brothers, Azam made his way up through age-group cricket. His journey began at an under-15 world championship in 2008 and he played two under-19 World Cups in 2010 and 2012, where he was Pakistan's top run-scorer.

"We didn't have to guide him, he was on his own, but we were supportive all the way," Kamran Akmal said. Azam had the distinction of top scoring regularly in age-group domestic cricket before he was called up to the national side in 2015 and made his debut during the home ODI series against Zimbabwe - a rarity because Azam's rise was during Pakistan's isolation as an international venue due to security concerns.

His hat-trick of ODI hundreds against West Indies led to a Test debut in the Test series that followed, and Azam had to opportunity to cement his spot as the careers of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq wound down.

He would grasp that opportunity, and then some. Over the years that followed, Azam became, far and away, Pakistan's best batsman, the most famous cricketer in the country, and among the best batsmen in the world. He is, even with so much of his career still ahead of him, one of Pakistan's best ever batsmen.

He was the second fastest player to 2000 ODI runs and the second quickest to 1000 T20I runs. He already has more ODI hundreds than all but two Pakistan batsman, and a World Cup hundred in a crunch game against New Zealand will go down as one of the great individual Pakistan ODI performances. While the first couple of years of Test cricket didn't bring the instantaneous success of white-ball cricket, steady improvements year on year have seen him rank among the best Test batsmen since the start of 2018, too.

Several Pakistan players of this generation have seen regressions after a few years in the side, but Azam, mercifully for Pakistan, seems immune to even that malaise. The increased responsibility Pakistan have dumped upon his shoulders - he was appointed T20I and ODI captain in 2019 before eventually captaining the Test side since 2021 - appears to have had little impact on his personal form for now.

While he doesn't quite have a reputation as one of the deeper thinkers of the game, his captaincy shows embryonic signs of modern progressive thinking, and Azam is very much learning on the job. There appears to be no attempt to ease any of the pressure placed upon relatively young shoulders, but Azam appears not to be feeling the strain for now.

Danyal Rasool

Babar Azam Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests52949389819645.85710554.8692645323410
ODIs11711413572915856.72645588.75193252060500
T20Is10910314369812241.552864129.1233339559440
FC8914914595026644.071068555.68123872735630
List A18117720864515855.06996286.77295081174770
T20s282272421009712243.907835128.87108410611861280

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests528904221/11/221.002.8045.0000
ODIs117------------
T20Is109------------
FC892881646671/11/266.573.42116.5000
List A18129633555122/202/2046.255.2652.7000
T20s2825788542/202/2021.256.5319.5000
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Zalmi vs Sultans3123-Feb-2024MultanT20
Zalmi vs Kings7221-Feb-2024LahoreT20
Zalmi vs Gladiators6818-Feb-2024LahoreT20
Rangpur vs Dhaka4706-Feb-2024MirpurT20
Rangpur vs Strikers4703-Feb-2024SylhetT20

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Babar Azam struck 72 in 51 balls
Babar Azam scored his second consecutive fifty
Babar Azam has a word with 17-year-old debutant Mohammad Zeeshan
Babar Azam hit four fours and as many sixes in his 42-ball 68
Saim Ayub and Babar Azam shared a 91-run opening stand
Babar Azam raced to his half-century in 29 balls