Full name: Mohammad Babar Azam
Born: October 15, 1994, Lahore, Punjab
Current age: 19 years 242 days
Major teams: Pakistan A, Pakistan Under-15s, Pakistan Under-19s, Pakistan Under-23s, Rawalpindi Rams, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm off break
An opening batsman, Babar Azam was the leading run-getter in the tri-series which also involved Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Under-19 in 2009. He was subsequently picked for the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He was Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in the tournament with 298 runs.(Stats credits: ESPN)
Batting and fielding averages
Tell us about your school life?
I have done Matric only. I had not interest in studies in my childhood. My full focus was on cricket even during my studies I was use to think about cricket.
When and why you started to play cricket?
I am playing cricket since my childhood. I am playing cricket right now because my family likes this game so much, every time they talk about cricket, as a child when you are hearing something so much then you usually adopt it. So my all focus was on cricket thats the reason I am playing cricket. In my childhood my uncle (RIP) really supported me. He was always with me. I am missing him now he was a great person.
Who is your inspiration?
Well, I should say AB de villiers is my inspiration, I always want play like him, I love his strokes and the main thing that he is always confident and play for the team. I love his attitude as cricketer as well. He is extra-ordinary good fielder as well.
Who is your favorite player in Pakistan?
I like Ahmad Shahzad because he is so much talented. He can play shots every where in the ground. He always play for his team and biggest thing I like that he is confident as you know recently he got test cap as well. In Bowling I like Saeed Ajmal, he is the magical spinner believe me.
Which is your favorite shot to play?
I like cut shot. As batsman I always wait for the shot ball so I can smash it to the off side. I really enjoy to play cut shot.
Babar, You played for Pakistan under-19 and your current average is 38.51, how would u define it?
First of all you know its a big achievement for me to represent Pakistan in under-19 team I want to thank Almighty God for this blessing. Secondly yes I am playing for under-19 team which is more helpful for me to improve my skills. In Under-19 cricket you go on international tours and you see the atmosphere of other cricket countries which is a really good thing for youngsters like me.
You was the captain of the under-19 team which lost the World cup Quarter final to India, Define please.
Yes, I was captain of that team, it was a big honor for me to lead Pakistan cricket team under-19. Well, if I talk about that match then I would say, we were playing so bang on through out the tournament, Pakistan team is always best at under-19 level. So we had not any kind of pressure. In Quarter final against India we were fully confident to win but suddenly we got our rhythm out. Bowlers didn’t bowl on the right line and that was so close match where Indian team won with 1 wicket left.
Tell us the names of players in under-19 cricket who can play for Pakistan in future?
I should say Zafar Gohar, Usman Qadir, Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-haq can play for Pakistan they are so much talented and has ability to play for Pakistan.
Difference between Under-19 and International Cricket?
There is so much difference, in international cricket players have all the facilities which are helpful for them and in under-19 cricket we don’t have that much facilities. When we go to other countries we see the teams which have all the facilities but here we have nothing much.
Why we are not getting a class player from Domestic? Is it the fault of domestic? Why we cant play big innings?
I don’t know why, but as player I would say if a player do hard-work he can be the best batsman. I do not think its fault of domestic because someone can not snatch your bat when you are playing so if you are getting some runs on the board you can be a big name.
Pakistan chances in World Cup 2015?
We have a good bowling attack you know the playing tracks are bouncy in Australia and New Zealand but one thing is for sure our players has to hard work because every team would give his 100% their. So I should say there are some chance of Pakistan.
Who should be the captain of Pakistan in World Cup 2015?
Only Misbah-ul-haq, because he knows how to handle the team in pressure situations and he also helps Pakistan when ever team need him. He deserve to be captain in up coming World Cup as well.
What you think, test cricket is better of ODI?
Test cricket, because in this format of game a player has full chance to show him talent.
What do you do in free time?
In free time, I watch movies, I go out with family and friends.
Who is your favorite actor?
I don’t have any favorite.
Any favorite actress?
I would give same answer, No don’t have any favorite.
Which is your Favorite film?
My all time favorite film is 300, which is a 2007 American fantasy action film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.
Which is your favt food?
I like spicy foods but Biryani is my most favorite, I also like Pineapple
In next five years where are you watching your self?
In next five years I am watching my self in team Pakistan In sha ALLAH.
Happiest Moment of life?
When I got my first call for Under-19 Cricket, that was the happiest moment of my life so far.
Bad moment of life?
It was my first tour to Zimbabwe and I didn’t scored that much, that was my bad moment.
Your goals of life?
To play for Pakistan is always my goal and I have believe on me I can play for Pakistan In sha ALLAH.
Any message for your followers?
Just pray for me guys, so I can serve my country Pakistan in a real way. Always think positive and do Hard-work. God Bless us all. Pakistan Zindabad!
Well, Thank you so much Mr. Babar Azam for giving your precious time to Al-Rasub, we wish you all the best for your future, Stay Blessed.
Interviewed by: Mohammad FurQan Bhatti