Pakistan captain Babar Azam has achieved phenomenal success and is already counted among the best batsmen of the modern era. The 27-year-old has been instrumental in the recent boom of Pakistan cricket, especially in white-ball cricket. Babar, who is also a top-order batsman in ODIs and T20Is, has grown manifold since making his debut in 2015. Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop feels Babar, with his current form, has “almost overtaken” former India captain Virat. Kohli as the last batsman in the 50-over format.
“Babar Azam is on his way to greatness. When I say ‘On the road to…’ I want to be clear, at least in white-ball cricket, and certainly in fifty overs. I use the word It has to be a large sample size for a player to deliver greatness, but his average, as we speak now, (is) at 60 with 17 ODI hundreds. He’s almost ahead of his next door. Gone are the neighbours, the great Virat Kohli, in reference to the last Uber 50-over batsman,” Bishop said during a conversation on cricwick.net.
However, Bishop said that Babar needs to improve his game in red-ball cricket, adding that his batting in Test cricket is a “work in progress”.
“His Test cricket is a work in progress. I’m surprised he hasn’t taken up Test cricket numbers long ago. He’s starting to get better at it. Technically, he’s brilliant. In the future, I hope he does.” Will have been mentioned in the same breath as the top 3-4 players in Test cricket,” he added.
Babar has so far scored 4,442 runs in 89 ODIs at an average of 59.22. He has also scored 17 centuries and 19 fifties in the 50-over format.
Meanwhile, Kohli has already made a name for himself as one of the all-time greats.
The star batsman has scored 12,311 runs in 260 ODIs at an average of 58.03. The 33-year-old has also recorded 43 tons and 64 fifties in ODIs.
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