Pakistan right-hand batsman Babar Azam is among one of the best cricketers. He is No.1 batsman in T20I and No.3 batsman in ODI ranking. But still, his name is not taken when talked about elites or best player. Former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey opined the reason behind Babar Azam’s less popularity.
The 25-year-old debuted for his national team in 2015. He has played 74 ODIs and 36 T20Is for Pakistan. In 2016, he debuted in the longest format of cricket. In comparison to shorter formats, he is not that much successful in Test cricket. He has played 21 Test matches and scored 1235 runs with an average of 35.28. In the oldest format of cricket, he has only one Test century in his name.
Babar Azam needs to Hit Hundred: Michael Hussey
“If Babar Azam can start hitting some big hundreds in Tests, he can be in that same conversation when we talk about the best players in the world, like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root. He’s that good, he’s a brilliant player,” Michael Hussey said.
Pakistan vs Australia
Pakistan is currently touring Australia. They already played three-match T20I series. Australia dominated the field and won that T20I series by 2-0. Babar Azam scored a half-century in the second T20I but it went in vain. Australia easily chased down the target in the second and third T20I match. First T20I match was washed out because of rain and there too, Babar scored a half-century.
Pakistan is scheduled with two-match Test series. Currently, Pakistan is playing the practice match against Australia A. Babar Azam has shown potential in the Test cricket as he scored an unbeaten 157 runs on the first day of the warm-up match.