In an era where the Fab 4 of cricket – Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson – are being regarded as the best, Pakistan batting mainstay Babar Azam has managed to carve his own place. The right-handed batsman has been making a case for himself to be considered among the best in the world for quite some time now.
The Pakistan star is already considered by many as the best in the world. In fact, few former cricketers have said that Babar Azam should replace Root in the Fab 4 while many believe that there should be a Fab 5. The right-handed batsman averages more than 50 in ODIs and T20Is and has an average of over 45 in the longest format of the game.
Babar Azam on comparisons with Virat Kohli:
Due to his consistent performances in international cricket, Babar Azam has been constantly compared with Virat Kohli, arguably the best batsman in the world from the last few years. And the Pakistan star recently opened up on the comparison, saying that it feels nice.
“I know. It does feel nice that you are compared to some very good players in the game. My mindset is that I challenge myself. I set myself targets. I set myself benchmarks. I have to win matches for Pakistan. And win matches which help the team.
“Comparisons with big players also help you to set goals that match those of the big players. If your name figures in the top five of the world it is obviously a nice feeling. It also means that you have to keep performing to those standards and that boosts your confidence too. I like it,” Babar Azam told Sportstar.
He also had a message for the fans in India. While the India-Pakistan bilateral relationship is at an all time low, Babar Azam is confident he has won over fans in India. He also urged the fans to keep supporting him.
“I have won fans with my performances and I have friends in India too. I also have fans in India and I request them to keep supporting me. To keep backing me,” Babar Azam said.