Young batting sensation Azan Awais has a heartfelt desire to bat alongside former Pakistan skipper Babar Azam in the days to come.
The 19-year-old showcased his prowess by hammering a splendid century against India in the ongoing U19 Asia Cup in Dubai. Azan’s unbeaten knock of 105 off 130 balls, studded with ten boundaries, guided his team to a remarkable eight-wicket victory over India.
In a conversation with Geo News, Azan shared insights into his favorite cricketers, highlighting Babar Azam as a significant influence among current players.
“Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf, Alastair Cook, and Quinton de Kock are my batting idols,” he revealed.
“Recently, I’ve been closely observing Babar Azam. I had the chance to meet and discuss techniques with him. He emphasized the importance of consistent performance, and I aspire to share the field with him someday,” Awais Azan added.
Azan also reflected on the teachings from Mohammad Yousuf, the current head coach of Pakistan’s junior side, recalling a beneficial encounter two years ago at the NCA.
“I met Mohammad Yousuf at the NCA, where he provided invaluable guidance on playing in the gaps and various techniques that have been incredibly beneficial,” he acknowledged.
Azan nurtures ambitions of becoming a top-tier player and representing Pakistan across all formats.
Pakistan U19 has showcased exceptional form, clinching two consecutive wins in the Asia Cup. They triumphed over Nepal in the first game by seven wickets and are set to play their final group stage match tomorrow.
The Pakistan U19 squad includes talented players like Saad Baig (captain and wicket-keeper), Arafat Minhas (vice-captain), and the aspiring Azan Awais, among others. Muhammad Yousaf leads the support staff as the head coach, aiming to guide the team to greater success.