Zulfiqar Babar is a former Pakistani slow Left Arm orthodox-spinner. He is the son of former Pakistani footballer Abdul Ghaffar. It took Babar very long to play for Pakistan. He represented the Pakistan cricket team in all formats, but he is known for as a test player. He did not play for longer but was a consistent bowler with a wicket to wicket line and length. Zulfiqar could turn the ball sharply at any pitch, which offered some turn. Babar played for Pakistan from July 2013 to November 2016. This article has all the information about Babar, including Zulfiqar Babar Biography.
|In Urdu:||ذولفقار بابر|
|Date:||10th December 1978|
|Bowling Style:||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Batting Style:||Right-hand bat|
|Test Debut:||Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi|
|ODI Debut:||Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah,|
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Zulfiqar Babar Biography
Zulfiqar was a very skillful and economical test match spinner. He played in 15 tests for Pakistan from October 2013 to November 2016. At that time, he took a total of 54 wickets in 28 innings. Babar had a bowling average of 39.42 and a strike rate of just over 82. He took two fifers in his Test career as well. He also scored a half-century in tests with a total of 144 test runs in 18 innings at an average of 16 runs per innings. Babar also played in limited-overs for Pakistan and appeared in five One Day Internationals and seven T20 internationals. He has a total of four ODI and twelve T20 wickets in his account.
Babar date of Birth
Zulfiqar was born on 10 Dec 1978 at Okara, Punjab. Currently, he is residing in the same with his family.
Zulfiqar Babar Family
Zulfiqar is the son of former Pakistan’s football player Abdul Ghaffar, who played one match for Pakistan. He became the first cricket from Okara to play for Pakistan.
- Babar made his first-class debut by playing for the rest of the Punjab team in the 2001-02 domestic season and took two wickets in his first match. But then he remained out of domestic cricket from 2002-06 and only played district level cricket and domestic cricket. He also played T20 cricket in UAE in that period as a guest player. After a gap of few years, Babar came back in domestic cricket for 2007-08 Quaid e Azam Trophy. He took 13 wickets in that season.
- Zulfiqar came as a successful first-class bowler when he took a total of 69 wickets at an average of 16.42 in 2009-10 Quaid e Azam Trophy. Babar went on to claim 93 wickets in 2012-13 first-class season, which was the critical moment in his first-class career. It inspired the selectors to give him a chance at the international level.
- Babar played in 108 first-class matches and took 509 wickets with an average of 23.38. He also claimed 33 fifers in first-class career and ten-ten-wicket hauls, which is an outstanding record. He was also a good List-A bowler. In his 96 List-A matches, Zulfiqar has taken 119 wickets with an average of 31.57. Zulfiqar also played in 95 T20s overall, and he took a total of 103 wickets with an economy rate of just 6.19, which is quite well if we talk about the T20 bowling economy.
- Zulfiqar also played in Pakistan Super League and played for Quetta Gladiators in the 2016 PSL season and was retained by the same franchisee in 2017. In 2016 PSL Babar and Grant Elliot put up 63 runs for 10th wicket, which made the record of the highest 10th wicket T20 match partnership. He played for Karachi Kings in 2018 PSL. Babar played for various domestic teams, including Pakistan A, Baluchistan XI, WAPDA, Multan Tigers, Rest of the Punjab Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, and rest.
International Career and Achievements
- Zulfiqar made his T20 debut at the age of 34 years against the West Indies. He took three wickets for 23 runs and scored 13 valuable runs to guide his team to victory. He took two wickets for 37 runs and came out as the highest wicket-taker in his first Series. Babar awarded man of the Series in his very first T20 Series for Pakistan. He was also part of Pakistan’s 2014 world cup squad, and in the match against Australia, he removed David Warner and Shane Watson in his first over. In the end, Pakistan won the game by 16 runs.
- In October 2013, Zulfiqar given a chance in a test match against South Africa at Abu Dhabi. Babar took five wickets in the game, and Pakistan won the game by seven wickets. He played a key role by taking seven wickets in the two-match Test series against Australia. Pakistan won the Series and broke the twenty-year record to win a series against Australia.
Babar made his ODI debut against Australia on 7 Oct 2014 but only played four ODIs. He holds the record of the oldest Pakistani to get 50 test wickets.
Social Media Handles
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