Zulfiqar Babar

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Zulfiqar Babar
Personal information
Born (1978-12-10) 10 December 1978 (age 39)
Okara, Punjab, Pakistan
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 215) 14–17 October 2013 v South Africa
Last Test Oct 30 - Nov 3 2016 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 198) 7 October 2014 v Australia
Last ODI 22 April 2015 v Bangladesh
T20I debut (cap 52) 27 July 2013 v West Indies
Last T20I 1 April 2014 v West Indies
T20I shirt no. 78
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004–Present Water and Power Development Authority
2005–2010 & 2013-2015 Multan Tigers
2011–2012 Quetta Bears
2016–2017 Quetta Gladiators (squad no. 78)
2018 Karachi Kings
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI T20I FC
Matches 15 5 7 101
Runs scored 144 35 27 1,902
Batting average 16.00 17.50 16.53
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/7
Top score 56 14* 13* 89
Balls bowled 4478 294 156 23,971
Wickets 54 4 12 476
Bowling average 39.42 61.50 15.41 23.05
5 wickets in innings 2 0 0 31
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 5
Best bowling 5/74 2/52 3/23 10/143
Catches/stumpings 4/- 0/- 1/- 40/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 21 March 2018

Zulfiqar Babar (born 10 December 1978, Okara, Punjab, Pakistan) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a left-arm spinner and right-handed batsman with plenty of experience.He has represented Pakistan Cricket Team, Multan Tigers, Quetta Bears, Water and Power Development Authority and Pakistan A cricket team.[1]

Domestic career

The lack of top-class facilities, though, didn't diminish his hunger or ambition. Despite not breaking through to the national team earlier, Babar made sure his name was always in the reckoning by consistently being among the wickets.

In the 2009/10 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, he took 69 wickets at 16.42. A national call-up didn't come about then, but the selectors couldn't look away when he took 93 first-class wickets in 13 games in the 2012/13 season, at an average of 17.04.

He sealed his case when he took 6 for 22 in a practice game between Pakistan Chief Ministers XI and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman's XI in October 2013.

In the inaugural Pakistan Super League in 2016 he along with Grant Elliot set the highest 10th wicket partnership in any forms of T20(63)[2][3]

International career

Babar made his T20I debut on 27 July 2013, against West Indies, one of the oldest Pakistani players to do so, aged 34 years 229 days.

Although Babar is Pakistan's second oldest T20 debutant after Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was 36 years 178 days, he is unfazed. He says,"I always leave such matters in the hands of Allah. Perhaps, it was my destiny to be playing for Pakistan at a time when people would be seriously considering other options in life."

He picked up 3 for 23 and was the highest wicket-taker for his team in the game. He also scored an invaluable 13* off 17 balls, and hit a six of the last ball of the innings to guide his team to a 2-wicket victory.[4] He also scored 11* off 6 balls in the next game and picked up 2 more wickets for 37.[5] He was the highest wicket-taker in the series and was named Man of the Series in his debut series.

Babar was named in the Test squad to play against South Africa in UAE in October 2013. He was chosen ahead of the regular spin bowler cricketer at Abu Dhabi Test.

He took 3 wickets of JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson in first innings and took wicket of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn in second Innings showing his spinning abilities helped Pakistan to win the match by seven wickets.

He made his One Day International debut for Pakistan against Australia in the United Arab Emirates on 7 October 2014.[6]

Personal life

Babar hails from Okara, a small town 85 miles away from Lahore and is the first from the town to play for Pakistan in 65 years.

Babar is the son of former Pakistani international footballer, Abdul Ghaffar, who played one game for Pakistan. Babar says his father never forced him to play soccer, knowing his son's passion for cricket. Babar has two grandsons with an interest in cricket.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Zulfiqar Babar". Cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "17th Match: Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi at Sharjah, Feb 14, 2016 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Records | Twenty20 matches | Partnership records | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  4. ^ "1st T20I: West Indies v Pakistan at Kingstown, Jul 27, 2013 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". 
  5. ^ "2nd T20I: West Indies v Pakistan at Kingstown, Jul 28, 2013 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". 
  6. ^ "Australia tour of United Arab Emirates, 1st ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Oct 7, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Zulfiqar Babar Test debut". 15 October 2013. 
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