Pakistan captain Azhar Ali is all praises for his vice-captain Babar Azam and thinks he’s on the same level as Kohli and Smith. Babar Azam has been in quite a form in the past year and has scored 615 runs at a mind-boggling average of 102.5 in the 5 appearances for Pakistan. Ahead of Pakistan’s tour of England, Captain Azhar Ali is in confidence that Azam is already up with the elites of the game and is to stay there for a long run if he can stay consistent with his form.
The 25-year has a fine career Test average of 45.12 from 26 matches ahead of Pakistan’s three-match series against England at Old Trafford in Manchester. Babar’s skill set and his knack of getting runs at regular intervals have made him among the top batsmen in world cricket at the moment. This has led to comparisons being drawn between him and Virat Kohli.
Azhar Ali Feels Babar Azam Is Already On The Level of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith
Now, Pakistan’s Test skipper, Azhar Ali, has showered words of praise for his teammate and one of the most promising talents in world cricket, Babar Azam.
“Experts of the game are talking about it but I know he is not thinking about these comparisons and is just hungry for runs. If he continues that he will be up there for quite a long time,” Azhar Ali said.
“His performance has improved massively in Tests over the last year or so. When people started thinking that he is a white-ball specialist, he took that as a challenge and began playing with a lot of freedom and flair”, Azhar added.
No Pressure On Babar Azam: Azhar Ali
Azhar Ali also ensured that there is no pressure on Babar Azam either from his end or from the team’s end to perform exceptionally well in the English conditions.
“The skipper is well aware about the pressure on his batsman and wants him to relax and to play his natural game. “He is a very important player for us but I would like him to be free from any pressure and just enjoy his game,” said Azhar Ali.
England who have already played a series since the resumption of International Cricket definitely have the upper hand, also because of the home advantage. Pakistani captain believes they have had enough training and they would not be easy to beat. However, he agrees with the fact that training can’t be the same as match experience and England have an advantage there.
“English conditions are quite tough for batting. With the Dukes ball and the weather… it swings around. But we have had that experience in the past. Babar, Asad (Shafiq) and I too have played in England before. We will try and perform and use that experience to our good. We have players and coaches like Younus Khan (batting coach) and Misbah-ul-Haq (head coach and chief selector) too who have played a lot of cricket in England,” he said.