Babar Azam has rapidly risen as Pakistan’s most consistent batsman across formats even as the nation continues to perform inconsistently. Across Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, the 25-year old has his sealed in the top ten as well. The newly-appointed ODI captain averages above 50 in ODIs and T20Is while averaging 45 in Test cricket.
When speaking of the modern-day greats, the cricketing fraternity name Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and Steve Smith. While Joe Root also once held the spot, his performances in whites for England has fallen. Nevertheless, the English Test captain maintains his place. On the other hand, people have viewed Babar to come at par with them in a couple of years time.
Babar Azam has got the talent, technique and determination: Alan Wilkins
As far as renowned British commentator Alan Wilkins is concerned, he strongly backs Babar Azam to break into the elite group and make it top five. Wilkins believes that the right-handed batsman has every shot in the book, determination, and the technique to do so. He feels that all the Pakistan batsman needs to do is take strike and bat for longer periods.
“Babar Azam has got the eye and mental architecture to work out how to bat for a long time. He just now needs to get out there and bat for a long time. He knows what to do and has every shot in the book. You talk about Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Joe Root as fab four. There is no reason that Babar Azam could not make it the famous five. He has got the talent, technique and determination,” Wilkins stated as quoted by Times Now.
Babar Azam has got to do it on the big stage: Alan Wilkins
The Cardiff-born former cricketer opines that the next two years would be crucial for the 25-year old. While acknowledging his elegance and being beautiful to watch, the 66-year old admits that Babar has got to perform on the big stage.
“I think the next two years for Babar Azam is when he will be scrutinized. He has got to do it on the big stage. He is beautiful to watch. If you want to watch cricket played with panache, style and elegance then Babar Azam is right up there,” he added.