Pakistan captain Babar has revealed the name of his cricketing idol. Widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, the right-handed batsman revealed that he idolises former Mohammad Yousuf and enjoyed to watch him play.
Mohammad Yousuf is one of the greatest batsmen to have played for Pakistan. He retired after representing Pakistan in 90 Tests, 288 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. The right-handed batsman scored 7530 runs in Tests at an average of 52.29 and 9720 runs in ODIs at an average of 41.72.
“My idol is Mohammad Yousuf. He was such a classy player. He had all the time in the world to play the ball. I always enjoyed watching him bat,” Babar Azam told Sportstar.
Babar Azam is looking destined to bow out of the game as one of Pakistan’s all-time greats. Having made his international debut in 2015, the 26-year old is the batting mainstay for his team. Recently, he was appointed Pakistan’s Test captain and is now their captain in all the three formats.
Babar Azam is one of the few batsmen with average of more than 50 in ODIs and T20Is. In Tests, he has an average of more than 45 and the way he has performed in the last few Test series, the average is looking likely to increase in the coming days. He recently helped Karachi Kings win their first-ever PSL title.
Babar Azam is currently in New Zealand with the Pakistan team for three T20Is and a couple of Tests. He will be desperate to make a mark as a captain on the challenging tour. Pakistan have struggled to do well against New Zealand in recent years. They have won only two – a pair of T20I series – out of their last 12 bilateral series across formats and venues against New Zealand.