Question About Babar Azam’s Cover Drive In Pakistan’s Physics Book Goes Viral

Question About Babar Azams Cover Drive In Pakistan Physics Book Goes Viral

Babr Azam in the captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team. (AFP file photo)

Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam did not perform well in the recently concluded Asia Cup tournament. But he has been known to take some shots of his bat that are simply exquisite. Among them is the cover drive. The batter looks at ease as he delivers one of the most famous shots in his arsenal, entirely dependent on timing. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had posted a video of his cover drive on its Facebook page, which users called “one of the best” in the world.

Now the same shot has made its way into the 9th grade physics syllabus in Pakistan. A photo asking about the cover drive has been posted on Twitter by several users, including Pakistani journalist Shiraz Hassan.

The question was part of the Federal Board and originally appeared on Reddit.

“Babar Azam has hit a cover move by applying a kinetic energy of 150 J to the ball with his bat. a) At what speed does the ball cross the boundary if the mass of the ball is 120 g? b) How much kinetic energy must be give the footballer to a football with a mass of 450 g to make him move at this speed?” says the question, according to the screenshot now going viral.

A few variables are also written below the question, along with a formula to solve it. However, Twitter users posted their own solutions.

Others commented on the Pakistan Federal Council syllabus.


Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan criticized Babar Azam for his “negative” captaincy in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka. Appearing on a television channel, Moin pointed out that Babar Azam should have attacked more when Sri Lanka had lost half their side in the first 10 overs.

Azam’s last major goal in T20I was against Australia in April this year, when he scored 66 points during his visit to Pakistan. In Asia Cup Azam exceeded the score of 20 only once.

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