Stock photo of Babar Azam from his international debut in 2015
Pakistan Cricket Board is quite active on social media, posting video clips of current and old matches to entertain the cricket fans of the country. On Tuesday, it posted a clip from 7 years ago, when current captain Babar Azam scored half a century on his international debut against Zimbabwe. Babar scored 54 in an ODI against Zimbabwe in Lahore on 31 May 2015, before representing the country in all three formats.
The batter showed great promise from the days of age group cricket and was tipped for greatness by former cricketers after he managed to get off to a strong start to his international career.
The batter has taken his craft to the next level since taking over as captain of Pakistan and leading the team from the front in last year’s ICC T20 World Cup, bringing the ‘Men in Green’ to the semi-finals.
He was also part of the Pakistani team that had defeated India to win the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title.
“Where it all began #On this day in 2015, Pakistan its current all-format captain @ babarazam258 scored half a century against Zimbabwe on his international debut at the GSL “Do you remember these innings of the championship bat,” PCB posted on Twitter along with a snippet of the innings.
Do you remember these injuries of the champion butcher? pic.twitter.com/TTCnvSqwbo
Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 31 May 2022
Babar Azam is currently at the top of the charts in the ICC rankings for bats in both ODIs and T20Is and is ranked 5th in tests.
There have been constant comparisons with former India captain Virat Kohli and Babar has managed to keep his own.
It will be interesting to see how he performs when India and Pakistan meet again later this year in the T20 World Cup in Australia.
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