India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has talked highly of Pakistan’s limited over captain Babar Azam and expressed confidence in a very bright future of the top-order batsman.
Ravichandran Ashwin said Babar Azam’s comparison with Virat Kohli will put the former under a lot of pressure and that would be unfair to him. Ashwin called India captain Virat Kohli one of the finest cricketers world has seen and opined that Babar Azam’s time to take over the world cricket would come too.
Ashwin also recalled Babar Azam’s hundred during Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 2019. Babar had put on a gutsy show even though his team perished by an innings margin in the match. The Lahore-born has smashed 104 runs off 255 balls in the 2nd innings of Brisbane Test. His innings included 13 scintillating boundaries.
“I really enjoy Babar Azam’s batting. I watched the century he scored in Australia,” he was quoted as saying by ARY Sports.
“Comparisons with Virat Kohli will put pressure on him, which is unfair. Kohli is one of the finest cricketers the world has produced. I am sure Babar’s time will come too,” Ashwin added.
Babar Azam is currently the number 1 ranked T20I batsman, in ODIs and Test crciket he ranks 3rd and 6th, respectively. The newly appointed ODI captain of the Pakistan team has 3 hundreds in his last 4 Test innings.
Babar Azam is currently in England for a 3-match Test series which starts on August 5. Recently, Azam showed class during an intra-squad practice match in England and scored 58 runs in the second innings.