Former England captain Nasser Hussain has lavished praise on Babar Azam after the Pakistan star scored an impressive unbeaten fifty on rain-curtailed day 1 of the ongoing Test against England in Manchester. Only 49 overs of play was possible due to rain but it was enough for Babar Azam to score a highly impressive unbeaten fifty.
Before bad light brought an early end to the action, Babar Azam scored 69 runs. He shared an unbeaten 96-run stand with Shan Masood (46*) as the duo helped Pakistan recover from 43 for 2 to end the day on 139 for 2. After a cautious start, Babar Azam scored increasingly freely as the England bowlers struggled to hit the right length after lunch.
He managed to score only 2 from the first 26 balls before unleashing an array of shots after lunch. The right-hander was particularly dismissive of off-spinner Bess as he scored 48 from his next 44 deliveries to move to a 70-ball half-century.
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‘Babar Azam is in ‘Fab Five”:
Nasser Hussain was very impressed with Babar Azam after seeing the latter play some stunning shots against the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes. In fact, the former cricketer-turned-commentator went on to say that people don’t talk about Babar Azam much as he is not India captain Virat Kohli.
“If this lad was Virat Kohli, everyone would be talking about it but because it is Babar Azam, no one is talking about it,” said Nasser Hussain while commentating for Sky Sports.
“He’s young, he’s elegant, he’s got all the swagger,” he added.
Hussain also added that Babar Azam has forced way into the top five batsmen of the world, making it Fab Five and no longer Fab Four.
“They keep going on about the ‘Fab Four (Kohli, Australia’s Steve Smith, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and England captain Joe Root) — it’s the ‘Fab Five’ and Babar Azam is in that,” he said.