Babar Azam picks Kane Williamson and Ian Bell's cover drives as favourite

Babar Azam picks Kane Williamson and Ian Bell’s cover drives as favourite

My cover drive is natural but I have honed it reckoned Babar Azam.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo by James Allan/Getty Images)

Babar Azam is regarded as one of the finest batsmen of modern-day cricket. His skills and technique have fetched him great numbers across the world while he is still young and has a lot to achieve in his career. Various cricket experts around the world now often talk of fab five instead of four and include Azam in it. His elegant innings against Australia and then three back-to-back ton against West Indies in UAE pushed him into the top ten of ICC batsmen ODI rankings.

Breaking into the top 10 of the desired list, Azam made it clear to the world that his bat is going to speak a lot in the coming times and the same happened. Talking about shots from his bag, his elegant cover drive has bagged a lot of praises from experts around the world and looks pleasing to the eyes of fans. However, it has been found that the stylish batter is in awe of the cover drives from Ian Bell and Kane Williamson.

The Pakistan skipper has picked up Williamson and former cricketer Bell’s cover drive as his all-time favourite. Azam also went on to point out a subtle difference between the two types of cover drives played by them.

I play my shots after taking some time: Babar Azam

“I really like Ian Bell’s cover drive, it was very smooth and it looked like someone was playing it in slow motion. Kane Williamson plays the cover drive really well because he plays it really late and plays it very close to his body,” said Azam in an interview with Cricwick.

“My cover drive is natural but I have honed it. I have struggled on my cover drive as well and some people used to say don’t play it too early into the innings but I worked on it and I try to hold myself back (from playing cover drive) early in the innings but that’s not the case in T20 where there is not much time and you have to play with the flow. In One-Day and Test cricket, I play my shots after taking some time,” he added.