Zulfiqar Babar (Cricketer)

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Zulfiqar Babar is the classic example of a talented player taking a long time to get his dues and breaking into the international scene. Son of Pakistan footballer Abdul Ghaffar, Babar was born in a small town near Lahore called Okara. The lack of decent facilities at home did not, however, deter him from making a mark on the domestic circuit.Babar made his first-class debut in the 2001-2002 season for Rest of Punjab and went on to play for Pakistan A in the next few years. He holds an outstanding record in domestic cricket having picked up a whopping 309 wickets in 63 games at an average of 20.36.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Zulfiqar Babar

  • Nationality:

    Pakistan

  • Residence:

    Okara, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Cricketer

  • Born
  • Date:

    10 December 1978

  • Place:

    Okara, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Career
  • National Side:

    Pakistan

  • Team Role:

    Bowler

  • Bowling Style:

    Slow left-arm orthodox

  • Batting Style:

    Right-hand bat

  • Matches:

    13 in Tests & 5 in ODIs & 7 in T20Is

  • Wickets :

    51in Tests & 4 in ODIs & 12 in T20Is

  • Bowling Average:

    38.82 in Tests & 61.50 in ODIs & 15.41 in T20Is

  • Batting Average:

    16.00 in Tests & 17. 50 in ODIs & – in T20Is

  • Best Bowling:

    5/74 in Tests & 2/52 in ODIs& 3/23 in T20Is

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    2/- in Tests & 0/- in ODIs& 1/- in T20Is

  • Balls Bowled:

    4076 in Tests & 294 in ODIs& 156 in T20Is

  • Runs Scored:

    128 in Tests & 35 in ODIs & 27 in T20Is

  • Test Debut:

    Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi

  • Test Last:

    Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah

  • ODI Debut:

    Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah,

  • ODI Last:

    Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka

  • ODI Shirt Number:

    78

  • Top Score:

    56 in Tests & 14* in ODIs & 13* in T20Is

  • Domestic team:

    Baluchistan, Baluchistan Bears, Multan, Multan Tigers, Pakistan A, Quetta Gladiators, Rest of Punjab, The Rest, Water and Power Development Authority

Career

Early Career

Zulfiqar Babar in PCB
Zulfiqar Babar in PCB
Zulfiqar Babar (born 10 December 1978, Okara, Punjab, Pakistan) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a left-arm spinner and right-handed batsman with plenty of experience.He has represented Pakistan Cricket Team, Multan Tigers, Quetta Bears, Water and Power Development Authority and Pakistan A cricket team.[1] "Zulfiqar Babar- Cricinfo The lack of top-class facilities, though, didn't diminish his hunger or ambition. Despite not breaking through to the national team earlier, Babar made sure his name was always in the reckoning by consistently being among the wickets.He made his first-class debut in the 2001-2002 season for Rest of Punjab and went on to play for Pakistan A in the next few years. He holds an outstanding record in domestic cricket having picked up a whopping 309 wickets in 63 games at an average of 20.36.

Domestic Career

In the 2009/10 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, he took 69 wickets at 16.42. A national call-up didn't come about then, but the selectors couldn't look away when he took 93 first-class wickets in 13 games in the 2012/13 season, at an average of 17.04 The lack of top-class facilities, though, didn't diminish his hunger or ambition. Despite not breaking through to the national team earlier, Babar made sure his name was always in the reckoning by consistently being among the wickets He sealed his case when he took 6 for 22 in a practice game between Pakistan Chief Ministers XI and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman's XI in October 2013This staggering effort includes his exceptional performance in the 2009-10 Quaid-e-Azam tournament, in which he obtained 69 wickets at 16.42. He bettered that record by a mile picking up 93 scalps in just 13 games in the 2012/2013 season at an impressive average of 17.04. If that was not enough, in a practice game between Pakistan Chief Ministers XI and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman's XI in October 2013, Babar registered figures of 6-22, effectively appealing to the selectors.

International Career

Zulfiqar Babar Bowlled Well
Zulfiqar Babar Bowlled Well

T20I Debut

Babar made his T20I debut on 27 July 2013, against West Indies, one of the oldest Pakistani players to do so, aged 34 years 229 days.Although Babar is Pakistan's second oldest T20 debutant after Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was 36 years 178 days, he is unfazed. He says,"I always leave such matters in the hands of Allah. Perhaps, it was my destiny to be playing for Pakistan at a time when people would be seriously considering other options in life."He picked up 3 for 23 and was the highest wicket-taker for his team in the game. He also scored an invaluable 13* off 17 balls, and hit a six of the last ball of the innings to guide his team to a 2-wicket victory.[2] Pakistan tour- West Indies He also scored 11* off 6 balls in the next game and picked up 2 more wickets for 37.[3] west-indies-v-pakistan- 2013 He was the highest wicket-taker in the series and was named Man of the Series in his debut series.

Test Squad

Zulfiqar Babar on Bowlling
Zulfiqar Babar on Bowlling
Babar was named in the Test squad to play against South Africa in UAE in October 2013. He was chosen ahead of the regular spin bowler cricketer at Abu Dhabi Test.He took 3 wickets of JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson in first innings and took wicket of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn in second Innings showing his spinning abilities helped Pakistan to win the match by seven wickets.He made his One Day International debut for Pakistan against Australia in the United Arab Emirates on 7 October 2014. He was the highest wicket-taker in the series and won the Man of the Series award for his brilliant performance. He was impressive even in his Test debut picking up 5 wickets in the match.Zulfiqar Babar was then selected for the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh.


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