Babar Azam is now widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. You watch him bat and you will realise why several cricket experts rate him extremely highly. The 26-year-old is undoubtedly the present and future of Pakistan cricket. He is the only batsman in the world to be ranked in the top 6 of ICC rankings for batsmen.
The talented batsman was recently appointed the captain of the men in green in all formats of the game. Recently Babar revealed that initially, his cricketing journey wasn’t easy as his family struggled financially. He faced a lot of difficulties during his early cricketing days and has worked immensely hard to reach the level where he has reached today.
My Family Wasn’t Financially Sound- Babar Azam
In his recent interview, the new Pakistan skipper stated that he bought his first-ever cricket kit with the savings of his mother. Babar’s parents always supported him from a very young age and wanted to see him excel in Cricket. He added that he was ecstatic after buying a brand new cricket kit and took full care of it especially his bat which lasted for a good 3 years.
“We were not financially sound at that time so my mother gave me the money she had saved to buy my first kit. At that time, she had given me around 3-4000 Rs out of which I had bought my first bat for 2-2500 Rs. The excitement of buying your first kit cannot be expressed in words. I played with it for 2-3 years and took good care of it but I have lost it now”, Babar Azam said speaking to Dawn News.
Meanwhile, as a batsman Babar continues to take giant strides in international cricket. Now it will be interesting to see how he copes up with the added burden of captaincy when he will lead Pakistan later this year in New Zealand. Coming back to his family, Babar credited his father who supported him from a very young age and took him to watch live matches in Pakistan.
“I would especially like to mention my father – who used to take me to all the matches, watch all of them, give me feedback after every match that helped me a lot. It’s been 1 year that he is not sitting at home else he would watch all Pakistan’s matches, T20 or domestic or U19, he never missed them. He supported me throughout and I also received plenty of support from my other family members,” Babar added.