Former Pakistani quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday shared together with his followers an fascinating tidbit — he used to get pleasure from bowling to present Pakistan captain Babar Azam within the nets when he was a “child prodigy”.
“Even back then Babar Azam was quite a child prodigy. I used to enjoy bowling in the nets to him,” mentioned Akhtar on Instagram, together with a snippet of Babar Azam’s interview with Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle for Cricbuzz.
Babar Azam’s interview
Within the interview final yr with the Indian commentator, Azam mentioned that in camps for Pakistan A and rising groups, younger gamers can be invited for internet classes.
The Pakistan captain mentioned that the previous head of the Nationwide Cricket Academy Mudasser Nazar would invite the younger gamers to these camps and make them play with the older guys in order that they “understand pace and learn to play against good bowlers”.
Azam recalled that in these days Shoaib Akhtar would additionally come “at times” and would bowl alone within the nets after the gamers would go away.
“One day he asked for a batsman. Mudasser [Nazar] bhai said take [Babar Azam],” mentioned the batsman.
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He remembered that he bought prepared all excited to play the world’s quickest bowler.
“He told me: Kid you have to block. Don’t drive the ball,” mentioned Azam, concerning the directions Akhtar would give to him earlier than entering into. He added that earlier than going to bat he advised Akhtar that he would hearken to his recommendation.
“I stopped two balls and then hit one drive. [Shoaib Akhtar] said I will bowl fuller but you don’t need to drive, you have to block,” recalled Babar.
The Pakistani skipper advised the Indian commentator that he advised Akhtar he would do as he mentioned, however then once more he would drive a ball after blocking two of them.
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“During one such shot, the ball went between his legs. He immediately asked for a new ball and said I will show him,” remembered Azam. He additionally recalled hilariously that as quickly as Akhtar mentioned these phrases, Mudasser Nazar got here working and requested him to go away the nets or else the pacer would “kill” him.
Nonetheless, Akhtar relatively than banishing Azam for his pictures requested the coaches to ship Azam extra repeatedly as a batsman for his internet classes.
“Since then, whenever he would come to practice he would call for me,” mentioned Azam.
He additionally shared that in a type of classes Akhtar unintentionally bowled him a bouncer and “luckily” that ball went over his head.