If you compare Babar Azam with Virat Kohli, I find it difficult bowling to Babar: Mohammad Amir
Amir revealed the reason behind his choice as well.
Updated - Nov 25, 2020 5:38 pm
Pakistan’s newly-elected captain in all three formats Babar Azam has hogged all the limelight recently owing to his exploits in both international and domestic circuit. Babar led the Men in Green to victory in both the ODI and T20I series against Zimbabwe at home followed by taking his franchise Karachi Kings to their maiden title in the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
For his heroics with the willow, the Pakistan batsman is getting appreciated all across the globe and this has also steamed the debate regarding who among Babar Azam and Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the best batsman of the modern era.
Veteran Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir also gave his input on the Kohli-Babar comparison by stating that it is more challenging to bowl to the Pakistan batter as compared to the Indian skipper because of the former’s stance. Notably, like Kohli, Babar also averages more than 50 in limited-overs format but is yet to prove his mettle in the purest format of the game.
“If you compare Babar with Kohli, I find it difficult bowling to Babar because of his stance because if I take the ball away from him he plays the drive [through off-side] and if I bring the ball back in, he flicks it [through on-side],” Mohammad Amir said as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
Babar Azam looks like a million-dollar player: Ravichandran Ashwin
A few days back, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had also heaped praises on Pakistan’s top-order batsman. While conversing with Inzamam-ul-Haq on YouTube, the ace spinner had labelled him ‘a million-dollar player’.
“Babar Azam looks like a million-dollar player. He has scored a hundred in Australia. It is so good to see him bat so well. He is a treat for the eyes,” Ashwin had said.
Inzamam had also contributed to this by saying that Babar is a great player. However, the Pakistan veteran feels that Babar still has a lot to prove as he is just 5 years old in the international circuit. Inzamam wants Babar to reach more heights in his cricket career in the coming years.
“He is simply a great player. The kind of talent he has, he needs to perform even better. He has only played international cricket for five years. A batsman reaches his peak after playing international cricket for seven or eight years, so Babar is yet to reach his peak and he will do even better in coming years,” Inzamam had concluded.