Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

Although the Asian nation of Pakistan has a history of discovering tearaway pacers, it is now riding Babar Azam‘s brilliance with the bat. Before Shoaib Akhtar advanced through the ranks, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis rose to prominence during the Imran Khan era. In the present, Babar looks to be in a league of his own, amassing runs in all three of the sport’s forms. 

Babar is still essential to Pakistan’s success in Australia as they prepare for this year’s World T20 despite falling short of the semi-final stage the previous year.

Babar Azam Mohammad Rizwan
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Image: Twitter

Babar Azam Will Have Major Role In T20 World Cup: Waqar Younis

The standout batter has received high acclaim from bowling legend Waqar Younis, who also predicted that he and Mohammad Rizwan will play major roles in the T20 championship game. 

“Babar is definitely going to be the key batter at the top of the order. I think he (Babar) will have the impact that he has always had and then of course Rizwan is playing very well and the bowling attack they have got it one of the best in the world,” Waqar told ICC digital. 

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

“We stand a really good chance of doing well at this World Cup. The pitches in Australia are generally very good batting pitches and Pakistan do have good batters who can really play well in these conditions,” he added. 

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When Younis Khan served as their captain in 2019, Pakistan won the T20 World Cup. On October 23, Pakistan will begin their campaign at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) against archrival India in search of another trophy. 

Babar Azam Definitely As Good As Good As All The Big Names: Waqar Younis

The “Fab 4” of batting, which included Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson, had been leading the way for several years. But Babar has put up a fight for a berth on the elite list because of his reliable batting performances in every format. 

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

His comparisons to Kohli have gained more traction. Many think Babar is on par with Kohli in terms of ability and might eventually surpass the Indian. Waqar, however, believes that after he retires from the sport, only then could he be compared to “great names.” 

“Babar Azam in modern-day cricket looks a million dollars and he is definitely as good as all the big names. Babar is still very young and has plenty of cricket ahead of him and once he has retired you can perhaps sit down and start comparing him with others. 

“But all those greats have their own strengths and their own class and all of them played in different eras and we should not forget that,” added Waqar. 

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