Babar Azam's father has revealed that the player's mother was on a ventilator during Pakistan 's historic win over rivals India at the T20 World Cup.
Babar captained Pakistan to what was their first-ever victory against India at a World Cup and he scored 68 not out with the bat, starring alongside Mohammad Rizwan as they completed a comprehensive 10-wicket win.
Now, in a post on Instagram, Babar's father Azam Siddique has revealed that his son has been playing "in severe distress" as his mother has been ill.
He wrote: "Now my nation should know some truth. Congratulations to all of you on the victory of all three.
"There was a big test at our house. On the day the match was against India, on that day Babar's mother was on ventilator.
"Babar played all three matches in severe distress. I don't want to come here. It was supposed to be, but I came so that Babar may not get weak. It is the grace of God that he is fine now.
"The purpose of sharing is to not criticize our national heroes without any reason. And yes, I know, if I don't get paradise. If you get a position, you have exams too. Long live Pakistan."
Babar's father was watching the India game from the stands and, in a clip widely shared on social media, he is seen in tears while surrounded by jubilant Pakistan fans.
Speaking after the win, Babar said: "We executed our plans well and the early wickets were very helpful. Shaheen's wickets gave us a lot of confidence and the spinners dominated as well.
"The plan with Rizwan is always to keep it simple. We tried to get deep in the crease and from about the 8th over the dew came in and the ball came on nicely.
"The pressure on us wasn't that much – we weren't thinking of the record against India at all. I only wanted to back all our players who've been preparing well.
"When you play tournaments before a big World Cup, it helps and our players came in with a lot of confidence because of that."
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