October 14, 2013. Zulfiqar Babar, a slow left-arm orthodox, donned the Pakistan colours against South Africa at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He wasn’t considered good enough to make it to the team during his much youthful days, so it was a surprise, when, at the ripe age of 34, with 309 first-class wickets in the bucket, ‘Zulfi’ was called to play for his country.
Zulfiqar Babar Pakistans Understated Star
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It was odd also because Pakistan has had a tradition of introducing ‘talent’ at a very young age, often while they’re still in school or at least supposed to be. But almost two years since that Test against South Africa, where he finished with match figures of 5/140, Babar has become the workhorse in Misbah-ul-Haq’s arsenal. And it is precisely this perception that has masked the fact that the left-arm spinner has often been the architect of Pakistan’s wins in the 13 Tests that he has played.
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Post the Saeed Ajmal period, Yasir Shah and Babar have provided Pakistan with a seamless transition into the ‘next era’. Though Yasir emerged onto the scene a year after Babar, on October 22, 2014, against Australia, the legspinner has risen to fame much faster than his partner.It has obviously helped Yasir that Australian legend Shane Warne has done much of the publicity for the Swabi spinner but with 76 wickets in 12 Tests, he has deserved much of it.