I wanted to get fit because people were calling me over-weight even after I scored big runs: Azam Khan
He has played a couple of match-winning knocks for Quetta Gladiators in PSL 2020.
Updated - Feb 26, 2020 1:20 pm
Azam Khan, the right-handed young batsman and son of former Pakistan cricketer Moin Khan hit the headlines with his sublime hitting against Islamabad United and Karachi Kings that helped his team Quetta Gladiators in winning the games. Now, the young lad has opened up telling about the reason behind his significant rise in form with the bat. And, how he has improved as a cricketer in the recent past.
Son of former Pakistan cricketer took PSL 2020 with a blaze as he smacked 59 runs off 33 balls in the curtain-raiser against Islamabad United followed by his swift knock of 46 runs off 30 balls against Karachi Kings. He has certainly emerged as the brightest prospect in this edition, who can be picked by PCB in the national side in the near future with T20 World Cup slated to be held in Australia starting in October.
Azam Khan idolizes Chris Gayle
In an interview, Azam Khan said that he wanted to be fit as the people used to call him overweight although he was scoring runs. So, in order to put a full stop over the same, he started working hard in the gym. The young batsman had a thought in his mind that he might lose the power of hitting after getting slim but he was wrong.
He praised his fitness trainer Shehzar, who trained him quite precisely in a proper manner. And, after some time he felt the changes as he got much fitter and powerful. Azam Khan also recited the fact that his idol Chris Gayle, who smacks boundaries for fun and he watched him a lot throughout his career due to which he had developed a batting style like him.
“I wanted to get fit because people were calling me over-weight even after I scored some big runs. So I wanted to end that criticism and get fit. I didn’t know would I be able to hit some big hits after training as I will lose my power and body might get stiff, but the way Shehzar took me throughout the training was so motivating that I myself was feeling much fitter and more powerful. My idol is Chris Gayle because the way he hits the boundaries makes me play like him. I had watched him so much that I might have developed his playing style,” Azam Khan said as quoted by The Express Tribune.