Karachi: Pakistan captain Babar Azam, in a candid interview with teammate Imam-ul-Haq, revealed that his father, Azam Siddique still scolds him on his bad performances.
The 26-year-old Babar overtook India’s Virat Kohli in ICC ODI rankings earlier today. Babar said he feels it’s a blessing that his father backed him to become a cricketer.
PCB Exclusive: Babar Azam had a frank and candid conversation with his childhood friend Imam-ul-Haq after he became the No.1 ranked ODI batsman.
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“It’s a blessing for me that my father supported me so much. To be honest, he still scolds me if I don’t play well or get out by playing a rash shot and I listen to it as a source of blessing,” he told Imam.
“This fear gives me tension that if I don’t perform well, I’ll be scolded by my father,” he added. “Talking about my childhood, my father instructed me not to be with bad company. We used to get angry about this but he told us that you will understand this once you’ll get older.”
Babar further disclosed that during his club matches, his father would come silently and watch him play.
Sometimes, he used to come silently otherwise he would come with me. If I get out, I would simply say that I scored this much and got dismissed in this way but he would then scold me for my lies.
“After that, I used to view all over the ground and find whether my father is sitting on not,” Babar concluded.