The sports section of an Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) textbook for grade eight features Pakistan captain Babar Azam.
Pakistani cricket fans are overjoyed as images of Babar with India’s most famous cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni, circulate on social media.
In the book, the question based on cricketers’ nicknames reads, “Cricket is the most popular sport in India, and cricketers are celebrities.” “Do you know what your favorite cricketers’ nicknames are?”
The students were asked to match the cricketers with their respective nicknames.
Babar Azam got featured in the ICSE Book of class VIII in India. Alhamdulillah, Babar Azam is making Pakistan proud even in a Rival country ❤️🇵🇰. #BabarAzam #BabarAzam𓃵 pic.twitter.com/apr4CdeQc6— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) March 31, 2023
‘Bobby,’ Babar’s nickname, is also mentioned in the answers.
Other international cricketers mentioned in the same question, besides Babar, are AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle.
Babar’s inclusion demonstrates his growing global recognition as one of the greatest cricketers of all time.
For his efforts across all three formats, Pakistan’s captain was recently awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 2022.
A question about Babar’s famous cover drive was also included in a Pakistani Grade 9 Physics textbook last year.
“Babar Azam hit a cover drive after imparting 150J of kinetic energy to the ball with his bat. a) If the ball weighs 120g, how fast will it travel to the boundary? b) How much kinetic energy must a footballer impart to a 450g football in order for it to move at this speed?” read the widely shared question on social media platforms.
Babar Azam's cover drive related question in 9th grade physics syllabus (federal board) (via Reddit) pic.twitter.com/I2Tc9HldsG— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) September 13, 2022