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Nasser Hussain puts Babar Azam on par with Virat Kohli

Former England captain Nasser Hussain hailed Babar Azam as “world-class” and put him on par with the Fab Four batsmen, Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root.

“They keep going on about the fab four, it’s the fab five and Babar Azam is in that,” Hussain said while pointing out that he was as good as Kohli, who is probably a lot more famous.

“I think it is a real shame and it is in part a consequence of Pakistan playing away from home, playing in the UAE all the time in front of no one, Pakistan hiding in the shadow of Indian cricket, not going over and playing IPL cricket, not playing India,” Hussain added.

“If this lad was Virat Kohli, everyone would be talking about it but because it is Babar Azam, no one is talking about it. He averages 68 since 2018 and 55 in white-ball cricket. He’s young, he’s elegant, he’s got all the swagger.”

Talking about Babar’s improvement in the last couple of years in Test cricket, Hussain said that he has gotten better at playing the pacers. 

“I’ve been trying to figure out why he has got better recently in Test cricket,” Hussain said. “I think he is playing pace a lot better and he is playing the ball later.

“High class. People get runs but also you’ve got to remember that you’re trying to entertain people and when this lad bats and gets hundreds like he has been, he is so, so watchable.

“He’s such a good player, he’s in good nick. He did it in white-ball cricket at the start of his career but couldn’t quite sort out Test cricket but we showed the stats earlier and since 2018 he’s been the best Test match player. I think he’s only failed once in that period, one single-figure score.”

 

Rohit Sankar is a freelance cricket journalist stuck in a love-hate live-in relationship with the game. To rile him up, mention the 1999 World Cup semi-final. Rohit has been writing about cricket for well over 10 years now, and has written for a variety of news and sports outlets over this time.

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