Babar Azam is currently Pakistan’s captain across all formats. His record for Pakistan and in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is superb and this is the main reason for his glamourous off-the-field times at the moment. A right-handed top-order batsman, Azam is regarded as one of the best contemporary batsmen in the world. He has a net worth of $4 million in 2022.
Net Worth & Income:
|Annual Salary||Rs 63.72 lakh|
|PSL Salary||Rs 1.24 crore per season|
|Endorsements||Head & Shoulders, HBL, Oppo, Huawei, Gray Nicolls etc.|
|Car Collection||Land Cruiser|
|Net Worth||$4 million|
|Source of Income||Cricket(Player)|
|Full Name||Mohammad Babar Azam|
|Age||27 years old|
|Born||15 October 1994|
|Parents||Father: Azam Siddique|
Mother: Not Known
|Education||School ( The Lord International School)|
College/University (University of the Punjab)
Babar Azam was born on 15 October 1994 into a Punjabi Muslim family. He was born in the Walled City.He began his domestic cricket career there. He completed his schooling from “The Lord International School” and he completed his study from “University of the Punjab.”
Babar Azam made his ODI debut in 2015 and his T20I and Test debuts in 2016. He joined the Karachi Kings of the Pakistan Super League and Guyana Amazon Warriors of the Caribbean Premier League in 2017.
Sarfaraz Ahmed replaced Azhar Ali as Pakistan’s ODI team captain against the West Indies after Azhar Ali stepped down from the captaincy after a humiliating defeat against Australia in the ODI series. Azam was appointed as vice-captain in ODIs for the tour. He scored an unbeaten 125 in the 2nd ODI of the three-match ODI series at Providence Stadium, Guyana. Batting first, Pakistan was struggling at one stage and were 183 for 5. Azam along with Imad Wasim put on an unbeaten 99 runs partnership which helped Pakistan post a competitive total of 282 on the board. Meanwhile, Azam also broke the record of scoring the most runs after the first 25 ODI innings in this match. In the end, Pakistan won the match easily. Azam for his match-winning knock won the Man of the Match award. He had scores of 13 and 16 in the first and third matches of the series respectively. Pakistan won the ODI series 2–1.
In January 2016, Pakistan toured New Zealand. In the first ODI match, Babar scored 62 runs off 76 balls. Pakistan lost the match by 70 runs. The second ODI match was abandoned due to heavy rain. In the third ODI, he scored a brilliant 83 off just 77 balls. Despite Pakistan losing the match and the series, Babar was much praised by cricket experts. He was the leading run-scorer in the ODI series with 145 runs in 2 innings at an average of 72.50
He made his Test debut for Pakistan against the West Indies in Dubai on 13 October 2016 and scored 69 runs in his first innings. He was the first player to score a fifty on his Test debut through a day/night Test.
On 19 January 2017, in the third ODI against Australia. Azam became the joint-fastest player to score 1,000 runs in ODIs and then fastest for Pakistan in his 21st innings before his national record and world record were eclipsed by his compatriot Fakhar Zaman. He scored a century in the fifth ODI, which was only the second century ever scored by a Pakistani batsman in Australia after Zaheer Abbas in 1981. He also entered the top 10 batsmen’s ranking in ODIs for the first time ever.
In September 2017, he had a poor Test series against Sri Lanka, where he managed to score only 39 runs across 2 Test matches. However, he continued his dominance in LOIs and came back strongly in the ODI series, scoring consecutive centuries in the first two ODIs of the five-match series. In the second ODI, he became the fastest batsman to score 7th ODI century in ODIs and the first batsman in ODI history to score five consecutive centuries in one country. He had scores of 30 and 69 (not out) in the next two innings while chasing. He finished the series as the leading runs-scorer with 303 runs at an impressive average of 101. Pakistan whitewashed Sri Lanka (5–0).
Babar has played Twenty20 cricket for a number of franchise sides. He played for Islamabad United in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Before the 2017 PSL draft, he moved to Karachi Kings. He performed well in 2017, scoring 291 runs at a batting average of 32.33 runs per innings and finishing the tournament as the second leading runs-scorer behind his cousin Kamran Akmal.
In May 2019, he was signed by Somerset as their overseas player for the 2019 t20 Blast.
Just before the World Cup, Pakistan played against England in a one-off T20I and 5-match ODI series to prepare for the tournament. In the T20I fixture, he scored 65 from 42 balls before getting run-out. In the 5-match ODI series, he ended up as the joint leading runs-scorer, scoring 277 runs including a century and two half-centuries, going into the World Cup with runs under his belt. On 26 June 2019, in the match against New Zealand, Azam became the fastest batsman for Pakistan, in terms of innings, to score 3,000 runs in ODIs (68). In the same match, he also scored his 10th century in ODIs, finishing 101 not out, with Pakistan winning by 6 wickets. With this century, he also became the first middle-order batsman from Pakistan to hit a century in a World Cup match after 32 years.
In January 2020, Bangladesh toured Pakistan for a three-match T20I series, with Azam captaining Pakistan for the first time at home. Pakistan won the T20I series 2–0, with the third match abandoned due to rain. It was Pakistan’s first series win under his captaincy and his first Player of the Series award as captain. /ref> Pakistan won the T20I series 2–0, with the third match abandoned due to rain. It was Pakistan’s first series win under his captaincy and his first Player of the Series award as captain.
As of April 2020, Babar has scored 16 international centuries, five in Test matches and 11 in One Day Internationals.
On 10 November 2020, Babar was appointed captain of Pakistan’s Test side, ahead of their Tour to New Zealand. He was later ruled out from the T20I series after suffering an injury in practice session.
In April 2021, while playing against South Africa in the first ODI, Babar scored his 13th ODI century in his 76th innings, making him the quickest to reach this mark, surpassing the record of Hashim Amla who took 83 innings to achieve the record. At the end of the series, he became the No. 1 ODI batsman, with 865 points, surpassing Virat Kohli who had previously been the top-rated ODI batsman for 1258 days.
On 14 April 2021, Babar scored his maiden T20I century (122), in a winning cause against South Africa in the Centurion Stadium. He and Mohammad Rizwan shared a partnership of 197 runs, which is the highest partnership for Pakistan in T20Is and the fourth-highest partnership of all time in the format. On 25 April 2021, in the third T20I against Zimbabwe. Babar became the fastest batsman, in terms of innings, to score 2,000 runs in T20Is. doing so in his 52nd innings. In September 2021, Babar was named as the captain of Pakistan’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. During the tournament, he regained his position as the number one T20I batsman in the rankings. Babar breaks the record of most fifties (4) and runs in a T20 World Cup edition. He led Pakistan to the semi-finals, where they lost to Australia ending their campaign.
Awards and Accolades:
Babar Azam has been an extraordinary player in the recent past as far as the Pakistani Cricket is concerned. He was nominated in the ICC World XI of 2017 and has also been the PCB Player of the Year twice in a row. In 2017, Babar was conferred the award by PCB for his performance in One Day internationals whereas, in 2018, he received the same award for his brilliant performance in T20 Internationals.