Pakistan limited-overs captain Babar Azam led his side to a 1-1 draw against England. He scored one half-century in the losing cause for Pakistan but his side salvaged pride after the Test series loss. England legend James Anderson lavished praise on Babar Azam and his batting skills.
Anderson who recently became the first fast bowler to pick up 600 Test wickets said that he likes to watch Babar Azam bowl more than bowling at him. He also added that he makes bowlers feel slower and being a medium-pace bowler it is not ideal for him to bowl at the Pakistan captain.
“I do love watching Babar Azam. I prefer watching him from up here rather than bowling at him. He makes you feel slow as a bowler – and as a medium-pace bowler like myself, it’s not ideal…” Anderson was quoted as saying by BBC Test Match Special.
Babar Azam has shouldered the burden of scoring runs for Pakistan across format with ease. As a result, he is compared with the likes of one of the finest cricketers of the generation Virat Kohli. His success in international cricket has bore fruits for him with his board further appointing him as the captain of the limited-overs side.
Azam earned his ODI cap in 2015. But he was always persistent towards it as he did not shy away from challenges as a youngster. Azam has scored at an average of 45 in the longest format and over 50 in the limited-overs, which says a lot about his batting. Whereas Virat Kohli averages over 53 in Tests and nearly 60 in ODIs at present.