‘She is a superstar’ – Babar Azam ecstatic to meet his eight-year-old fangirl
Babar said that fans are the most integral part of the game.
Updated - Jul 15, 2020 2:54 pm
Babar Azam is currently in England for Pakistan’s bilateral series against the Brits, starting in the month of August. The 25-year-old is currently quarantining with his national teammates even as England are busy in their three-match Test series against the West Indies.
In the meantime, the 25-year-old took time out to meet his eight-year-old fangirl Samiya. Samiya is an aspiring cricketer and even impressed the legendary Kumar Sangakkara with her technique. The netizens were left awestruck after a video where Samiya played some stupendous strokes, surfaced.
I want to be like Babar Azam, says Samiya
Babar was connected to Samiya through a video call. The clip of their interaction was shared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on their YouTube channel.
“I am Babar Azam’s biggest fan and I want to be like him. Like a superhero, he looks after our country and takes our team out of troubles. One day, I will also do for our women’s team what he does for the men’s. Babar bhai gave me some invaluable batting tips which I will practice whenever I can get back to nets,” Samiya said.
“Fans are the most integral part of the game and they keep us motivated through thick and thin. It gives us extra motivation to produce match-winning performances,” Babar was quoted as saying.
“It was a great delight to meet Samiya. She is a superstar. I was in awe when I first saw her batting video. The way she was timing the ball was remarkable. She has all the potential to be a great batter and I look forward to catching up with her when the Covid-19 situation improves,” he added.
Babar is currently ICC’s number-one ranked T20I batsman, one of the very reasons behind Pakistan’s dominance in the format. In 38 T20Is, the Lahore, Punjab-born churned out 1,471 runs at an average of 50.72 with 13 half-centuries. In ODI cricket, the right-hander averages 54.17.
In the last few months, he also showed his class in Test cricket, scoring centuries against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia. On the backs of his stupendous performances, he was also made the ODI and T20I skipper of the Pakistan team.