Nasser Hussain points out technical flaw in Babar Azam’s batting
Nasser Hussain further said that Babar Azam has got what it takes to become a great in the game.
Updated - Nov 6, 2020 1:08 pm
Babar Azam might not be showing any signs of slowing down as far as scoring runs across formats is concerned but former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that Pakistan’s limited-overs captain has a slight technical problem in his batting. The former cricketer-turned-commentator has opined that Babar has a problem while playing the deliveries which are outside off stump.
Babar is currently considered one of the best all-format players in the world right now. He has scored heavily in the last couple of years and his ICC rankings are a testament to that. The Pakistan batting star is currently the only player who features in the top five of all the three formats. He is ranked second in T20Is, third in ODIs, and fifth in Tests.
He is constantly compared with some of the biggest names in the game including Virat Kohli who is widely considered as the best player in the world at the moment. Speaking about Babar, Hussain was all praises for the right-hander but was quick to point out the technical flaw in his batting. He also praised Babar’s batting style while opining that the batsman needs to score consistently all over the world to become a great batsman.
“He [Babar] does have a slight technical problem in the area just outside off stump, a little bit like Kohli had when he first came to England and he was found out, ” Nasser Hussain told PakPassion.net.
“Babar’s a wonderful player and batting isn’t just about the amount of runs you get, it’s about the way you get them and when Babar’s batting well he’s so pleasing on the eye. He’s an aesthetically pleasing player. He’s an outstanding player, make no mistake and he’s just got to make sure that if he wants to be a great of the game and he’s pushing that, and for that you have to be consistent all over the world and get runs in all conditions,” he added.
Babar has what it takes to become a great: Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain further said that Babar Azam has got what it takes to become a great in the game. The former England captain stated that Babar is one of the best in white-ball cricket before saying that the 26-year old needs to be consistent in Test cricket to be considered as one of the best.
“Babar has what it takes to become one of the greats. In white-ball cricket he’s up there with the best of them. He’s up near the top of the rankings in T20Is, and in fifty over cricket he is exceptional too. He did OK in the Test series against England bearing in mind England is not an easy place to come and play Test cricket.
“He just needs that consistency in Test cricket to be up there with the likes of Virat Kohli. Babar’s done that for 6 to 9 months so far, he just needs to be consistent for a longer period of time,” said Nasser Hussain.