Muhammad Abbas, the 14-year-old son of former Pakistani cricketer Azhar Abbas, is making waves in New Zealand these days.
The teenager has emerged as one of the brightest stars in the New Zealand domestic circuit. Playing for Eden Roskill Cricket Club, Abbas has already piled up seven centuries to his name in a short span of time.
“Other people think what he is doing is extreme but I just say that he is a good player for his age,” said the proud father. “But seven centuries is very unusual — I’ve not heard of anyone at his age having done that, and they have been good centuries,” stated Azhar, the former right arm medium pacer turned bowling coach for Auckland Aces, quoted nzherald.co.nz.
The 42-year-old Azhar, who was born in Khanewal, Punjab, was of the view that it is his son’s good qualities that have helped him achieve success early on.
“I put it [Abbas’s success] down to basic human qualities — he is very honest, he is always very helpful to other people in his team. He always gives 100 per cent effort.”
Meanwhile, the young cricketer credits his father for motivating him and providing him the passion towards the game, which has enabled him to perform so well.
“I really love the game and enjoy it every time I play. Practice is a big part as well. My dad has given me the motivation…and he makes me work hard,” Abbas said.