Karachi: Pakistan most consistent batsman in all three formats of the game, Babar Azam recalled the moment of scoring first Test hundred in front of his own home crowd against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi.
T20I skipper explained the moment when he arrived on the crease for the very first time in Pakistan as he received a delightful welcome on the fifth day of the Test despite the match was an expected draw.
“It was a totally out of this world experience for me as the crowd chanted my name when I was walking out to bat, When your crowd cheers for you, you want to give your everything to it,” Babar said in a video interview released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Babar was struggling to adjust initially but he was accompanied by debutant Abid Ali, who helped him a lot to get out of that phase.
“I usually go and play my strokes freely, but that wasn’t happening since the ball was coming slow. I had a chat with Abid Ali, who was batting before me, and he told me to take my time and it took me two-three overs to settle at the crease after which I planned my innings accordingly” he added.
The 25-year-old was afraid as the umpire told him that they will call off the match one hour earlier because of the sun sets early in Rawalpindi.
“I was playing on 48 when I realized that I can get it to my first ton on home soil but the umpire told me that the sun sets early here so we might have to call off the day an hour earlier and after that my eyes were on the sun as I went about my innings,” he maintained.
Babar thanked Abid who didn’t allow him to panic at such stage but he tried to stay calm and build his innings.
“I was very keen to achieve the milestone and after smashing Dilruwan Perera through covers I started to celebrate. It was a relaxing moment as it was an outstanding one for me because Test cricket was played after such a long time and scored the first century on my home soil,” he concluded.
Babar is now preparing for the Test against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi which will be held from February 7-11.