South Africa’s tour was a turning point for me in Test cricket: Babar Azam


Pakistan’s right-handed batsman Babar Azam gained form and confidence from this year’s South Africa’s tour which helped him score two back-to-back centuries in Test cricket.

“I was struggling in this particular format despite strong form in white-ball cricket. I think this year’s South Africa tour gave me immense confidence and I carried that form ahead,” said Babar who scored 221 runs in three Tests at an average of 26.83 against South Africa earlier this year in an away series.

Babar then played brilliantly in the Test series against Australia at their backyard, their first in ICC Test Championship, and scored 210 runs in two matches including a fighting century knock. His handsome average of 52.50 caught the attention of cricket pundits.

While talking to reporters in an open media session at a local hotel upon the Pakistan team’s arrival in Karachi to play second and last Test against Sri Lanka, Babar said that Karachi’s Test is their next target and they have left whatever happened in Pindi.

“Teams can only progress when they look forward. I think we are completely focused on our next opportunity and I am hopeful for a complete Test in Karachi,” he said.

Babar brushed aside captaincy pressure and recalled his time with the Pakistan U19 team as captain. “I am used to it. I captained the Pakistan U19 team and it didn’t affect my performance in any way. I think if you are focused then nothing can stop you from performing,” he maintained.

One of the top Pakistani batsmen asked cricket fans in Karachi to come and support Test cricket’s arrival in the metropolis after 10 years.

“I would like to request Karachiites to come and fill the stadiums to make this event successful. I am looking forward to seeing an exciting and energetic crowd throughout,” he concluded.