Azam rose through the ranks of youth cricket. He was born in Lahore and is a first cousin of the Akmal brothers. His career started in a world championship for under-15s in 2008, and in 2010 and 2012, he competed in two under-19 World Cups, when he led Pakistan in runs scored.
Babar Azam, a top-order right-handed batsman renowned for his composure and calm demeanour, established his long-term place in Pakistan’s batting order with a solid showing in 2016. He scored three straight ODI hundreds against the West Indies in the UAE and a 90 in his third Test, in Hamilton. His age at the time was 22.
Azam had the chance to secure his position when Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-careers Haq’s came to an end as a result of his hat-trick of ODI hundreds against the West Indies.
That was a chance he would seize with both hands. Azam rose to prominence as Pakistan’s most well-known cricketer, one of the top batsmen in the world, and by far the best batsman in the country over the years that followed. Even though he still has a lot of his career ahead of him, he is one of Pakistan’s all-time best 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.
Slow and Steady
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.
Born with heritage
A superb opening batsman, Babar Azam is the cousin of the Akmal brothers (Kamran, Umar, and Adnan). In 2009, he was the top run-scorer in a tri-series that also featured Bangladesh Under-19 and Sri Lanka. The selectors decided to give him the opportunity to play for his country because of his consistency at the Under-19 level.