Which player did Azam copy when he was younger?

Babar Azam used to copy AB de Villiers growing up Pakistan South Africa cricket

Babar Azam: “I used to follow AB de Villiers, I loved his natural stroke play and his ability to play 360 degrees”

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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has revealed that he used to mimic South Africa batsman AB de Villiers when he was growing up and playing club cricket.

Azam’s revelation comes after De Villiers shocked the cricketing world by announcing his retirement from international cricket yesterday.

“Early on in my club cricket days, I used to follow AB de Villiers, I loved his natural stroke play and his ability to play 360 degrees. I used to copy his shots in the nets,” Azam was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.

Meanwhile, when asked about his most memorable knocks to date, Azam was quick to point out the three successive ODI hundreds he scored against the West Indies between September and October in 2016.

Azam became the third Pakistani batsman to score three ODI centuries in a row and the eighth batsman overall.

He also admitted that the ODI hundred he scored against Australia in Adelaide in January 2017 holds a special place in his heart.

“The three back-to-back centuries I scored against West Indies, and the century against Australia are my memorable performances to date,” he said.

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