Babar Azam - The next big thing?

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  1. Ahson8
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    very impressed with him but lets hope he doesnt go Umar Akmal way and make someone like Ahmed Shahzad or Azhar Ali as his role model or maybe better Younus and Misbah!!
     
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    Err no.
    I think he said in his U19 days his role model is AB De Villiers.
    Not a bad role model at all.
     
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    Even Ahmed Shehzad's role model is ABD. Doesnt matter.
    Well played Babar. Was scratchy in the start but did well for a debutant. But you hyped him too much Ahson. You made me believe that he was a high SR player as you kept on quoting his List A stats.
     
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    decent temperament and timing but showed no power hitting game, would pbly make a pretty good test number four post younis, currently haris and umar are better options in the middle order for odis. cant have a number 5 without a finishing game in odis anymore
     
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    He is a top-order batsman, who relies more on stroke play than big shots.
    Should be a fixture at #3
     
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    I normally dont hype anyone as much as I have hyped the kid, because I truly think he is special.
     
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    But this isnt a good excuse for his low SR. I will give him the benefit of doubt as it was his first match. Young lad. Insha'Allah will do well. I will keep an eye on his much touted SR though thanks to you.
     
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    The thing is he has had AB as his model way before he turned on his beast mode.

    By the way it can be said that Babar isn't a big hitter of the ball. Very very good batsman though.
     
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    Btw Shehzad's role model was Ponting.
     
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    mA well played for a 50 on debut. Doesnt seem to have the hitting ability of his cuzs.
     
  13. Energy
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    Batted well, can play both on the front and back foot which is always a healthy sign. Needs to stick around with the squad.
     
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    Indeed he is an accumulator and today was rotating strike well. Looks a good prospect.
     
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    Interesting. This is from Cricinfo profile:

    Ahmed Shehzad aims to be an aggressive batsman like Ricky Ponting, and he is well on his way if his top-order performances for Pakistan Under-19s are any indication.
     
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    And this is from Babar's CI profile:

    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. His favourite shot is the cover drive and has singled out AB de Villiers as his cricketing hero.
     
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    Might be the case as well. Two top top players. Thankgod our players are not like waleed parnell taking Nehra bhai as their idol. :afridi
     
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    But ABD's favorite drive is 360. :srt
     
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    Haha yeah, I don't think it was back in 2009 though.
    As @Reverse Swing said, he said this before AB went into beast mode.
     
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    I really hope he performs against good bowling attacks as well and then we can finally say bye bye to misbah and yk. :D
     
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    He's not competing with them tbh, in the long term he will play in Top 3.
    Haris is competing with them..
     
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    Started off slowly but gradually worked his way through and managed to get his SR up in the latter part of his innings. Needs to work on rotating the strike like the rest but does look like someone who is a accumulator and not a big shot player.

    Still developing and needs to be persisted with and should be in the tour to SL ODI squad and be in the playing XI for the first match after a 54 off 60 on debut!
     
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    Babar would do better as an opener, his ideal position but still I don't mind him at 4 till he gets his eye in intl cricket and then promoted to opening.

    He's, like it's been said, an accumulator, so people shouldn't be expecting or asking for the big shots or powerful innings, he's the ideal coil to building partnerships and him personally building a platform for the power hitters down the order.

    But obviously he needs time to perform and we shouldn't get to far ahead after what was a solid 50 and should be treated as such. Don't overhype him, he has potential but let him get some more games and give him time to get experience before passing judgements.
     
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    He will make the No 3 spot his own inshaAllah.
    Azhar as opener, Babar at 3, Haris at 4. Looks very good.
     
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    If he turns out to be a right handed Fawad then he will have no support from my side.
     
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    Babar's power game will materialize once he settles in ruffling the opinions once again of the so called analysts here. He's naturally a flowing player, stamping him has an accumulator after one freaken innings, lol.
     
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    Anyway, boy did he show class today. Alchemy aka Ahmed's chamcha wishes his boy could rotate the SR like Babar.
     
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    iZeeshan Whispering Death

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    Great innings - played out of his comfort zone completely and did very well. I think him and Azhar Ali should open with Haris at 3.

    Get rid of Shafiq.
     
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    Haris would have to play at #4 though because of Hafeez.
     
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    I would play Babar at 3 with Haris at 4.
    Sami, Azhar, Babar, Haris = Future Top 4.

    For the time being though, I suspect we'll see Hafeez open with Azhar.
     
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    I think Haris is more suited to 4 anyway.
    That's where he plays at domestic level.
     
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    I thought that tag was exclusive to Umar Akmal?

    Anyway lets not get too excited. There have been a few 'best batting prospect in the country' that failed to materialise.
     
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    He won't, he clearly isn't limited like Fawad, that's if you've followed Babar since his early days.
     
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    Babar Azam scores in this Haier Cup T20:

    59*(50) vs Lahore Whites
    60*(49) vs Peshawar
    43(31) [runout] vs Karachi Blues.
     
  37. Rhythm
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    @Ahson8 bas kar de, tuhne nazar laga dayni hai.
     
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    Lol. Yaar I'm too excited about Babar's talent. I don't normally hype players, but I genuinely believe this guy is special.
     
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    When it comes to Cricket in Pakistan, don't dream about rainbows and unicorns.
     
  40. Rhythm
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    Nicely done Babar. Class player, mashaAllah.
     

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