Aakash Chopra Picks Current Fab Four; Steven Smith, Joe Root Miss Out
The gentleman’s game has seen a plethora of cricketers coming through the ranks to play at the highest level. However, only very few cricketers have been consistent across formats. There has been a common perception in the modern era that the fab four is Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Steven Smith. But, as the sport evolves, other cricketers are making a real case for themselves as the consistent batsman. Pakistan’s Babar Azam is one of the best examples.
The top-order Azam is the only batsman to be in the top five of the latest ICC batting rankings across formats. It was no surprise that he is the No. 1-ranked batsman in T20I rankings. He also started dominating the red-ball cricket and much to his efforts, he is ranked fifth in Tests. While his teammates failed to score runs against Australia on away series, Azam stepped up and delivered the much-needed amends.
Azam, who is known for stroke-making, also continued his form against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at home.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra has rated Pakistan’s Azam highly and included him in the fab four. According to him, Azam is quite similar to India’s Kohli.
Azam’s consistency has never been in doubt. He has scored 1850 runs in 26 Tests (average – 45.12), 3359 runs in 74 ODIs (average – 54.18) and 1471 runs in 38 T20I matches (average – 50.72) since making his debut in the year 2015. and is one of the finest batsmen Pakistan cricket has ever produced.
“I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats then how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” Chopra maintained in his video.
Aakash Chopra removes Joe Root and Steve Smith from Fab Four:
The former India opener also added that the current fab four comprises the likes of Smith, Kohli, Williamson, and Root. Needless to say, he felt that a new fab four must be created across all the three formats.
Chopra had no doubts in mind to chose India’s Kohli and New Zealand’s Williamson for their incredible consistency across formats.
“You would have to start the new fab four with India’s Virat Kohli because he is the number one batsman in two formats. He is in the top ten in T20I cricket as well but is in the bottom half. Have to keep New Zealand’s Kane Williamson in the fab four because of his consistency. He does great in ODIs and is formidable in Tests,” he added in a statement.
Chopra went on to pick India’s flamboyant opening batsman Rohit Sharma over Australia’s David Warner for the last position in the Fab four instead of Australia’s Steve Smith and England’s Joe Root. According to Aakash, Warner’s Test performances were inconsistent and thus Rohit surpassed him because he was dominating in ODIs apart from T20Is and Tests too.
According to Chopra, the final Fab four is comprised of Kohli, Williamson, Azam and Rohit.
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