He was the fresh-faced 15-year-old who stared down Shoaib Akhtar in the nets, became the highest-ranked T20 batsman in the world before being elevated to national hero after masterminding a rare Pakistan victory over India.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam says he has been longing for a knock for the ages for quite some time after hitting his maiden T20I century against the Proteas on Wednesday.
Pakistan took a 2-1 series lead thanks to a spectacular century by Babar Azam to help guide the visitors to a nine-wicket victory over the Proteas on Wednesday.
Relive day one of the first Test between England and Pakistan where the visitors finished on 139-2 in a rain-truncated day at Old Trafford.
Babar Azam held Pakistan together against a brilliant South African bowling attack in Centurion with a defiant 71 off 79 balls that included 15 fours, and is Anitha Madikizela’s pick for Play of the Day.
Pakistan tightened the screw on the Australians in the second Test as they set the visitors a 538-run target to win after just three days of play.
Babar Azam’s 52-ball 86 set up the perfect return of cricket to Pakistan as they beat the World XI by 20 runs in Lahore on Tuesday.