‘Joe Root is the best in the world’: Mohammad Yousuf

Sudipta / 25 July 2016

Former Pakistani captain Mohammad Yousuf declared England batsman Joe Root as the best among the current generation batsmen.

Yousuf overlooked run machine Virat Kohli, elegant Kane Willaimson and  said that he believed  Root was the best in the world at the moment after his monumental 254 against Pakistan in the second Test at Manchester at a flat pitch.

“He is the best batsman in all three formats of the game.

His balance, his shot selection, and his timing all work well together and his double hundred against Pakistan at Old Trafford was a gem of an innings,” Yousuf said on Monday.

“Root has been around for just a few years but already his batting averages in all three formats speaks for his class,” he said.

The former  classic Pakistani batsman  said there is  no doubt about the class of Kohli or AB de Villiers but he believes Root is the best among them.  Kohli has scored his maiden double ton a day before Root’s 254 at Old Trafford against Pakistan.

Mohammad Yousuf has played 90 Test and 288 ODIs for Pakistan  said the common factors among Root, Virat, and De Villiers is they were all equally comfortable playing in any format of the game.

“I have always said that if a batsman can be successful at Test level he can be successful in any format. I think the way Root or the others get runs consistently it proves my point,” he added.

He also said that Pakistan’s batting woes  were because they were searching for specialist batsmen for different formats.

“I think our batsmen find it difficult to cope whenever the pitch has some bounce and movement. The pitch prepared for the second Test in Manchester is good for batting and England showed this with their big totals,” he said.

“Our batsmen have struggled because of the bounce and the fact that most of them are not trying to dominate the bowlers.

A quality batter just does not hang around to get 50 or 100 he should be dominating the bowlers in his innings the way Root did in both innings.”