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Saim Ayub grateful to Babar Azam for helping him during his intial career days

Saim Ayub grateful to Babar Azam for helping him during his intial career days

Saim Ayub grateful to Babar Azam for helping him during his intial career days

Saim Ayub and Babar Azam

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  • Saim Ayub shared how Babar Azam mentored him.
  • Saim feels grateful for the opportunity to bat alongside Babar.
  • He admired several players like Saeed Anwar, Adam Gilchrist.
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Saim Ayub, a left-handed opening batsman for Pakistan, has shared how Babar Azam guided him during his initial career days with Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Having played 20 T20Is for Pakistan to date, Saim expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to bat and play alongside Azam. He disclosed that Babar provided him with the kind of support that every novice cricketer needs from a veteran.

“Of course, I consider myself lucky [to bat with Azam]. I was nervous greatly when I got to open the innings with him during my first year at Zalmi. I knew that I had to increase my standards as I knew that he would definitely overshadow me in the innings. There was nervousness but as time passed, I now enjoy it because I can see the trust and freedom [given to me] from him. After all, that is what a youngster needs from a senior,” Saim mentioned in a podcast.

“I learned a lot from him, some things tactically some things mentally. At times I woudl ask him and other times he would tell me without asking and besides, you learn so much just by watching him from the non-striker’s end.”

The left-handed batsman then discussed the upcoming match against India in the T20 World Cup 2024 in New York, emphasizing that the ultimate goal is the trophy and the match against the Blues is merely a part of the journey.

“There is no doubt that it is an intense match, we can’t deny that there’s extra pressure because there are more people [inside the stadium], and there’s hype as well. Our main goal is to win the World Cup with a day-to-day focus. We will try to take the match against India as a normal one, obviously, there’s pressure there but the main goal is the World Cup. The match [against India] is just something during the road [to the trophy],” he stated.

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The 21-year-old then reflected on his childhood, mentioning that he was inspired to become a cricketer by watching players like Brian Lara, Saeed Anwar, and others.

“My biggest inspiration was when I used to watch the Pakistan cricket team play on TV, and sometimes I used to come to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) with Karachi’s U-16 side. I used to watch them carrying Pakistan’s bag and wearing the kit, there was this hunger of obtaining that bag and kit,” he shared.

“I have always liked a number of players, especially of the time I was growing up. So, it’s not like a single player was my inspiration. There are many like Saeed Anwar, Adam Gilchrist, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and many others.”

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