Simon Doull, who played for New Zealand as a fast bowler in the past, believes that the batter Babar Azam is the finest player in the world right now. The New Zealander continued by stating that Babar is “unbelievable” when it comes to batting in the top order, but he believes that Joe Root can even make a case for that.
At the moment, Babar is the only batter in the men’s category who is presently ranked in the top four of the ICC rankings in all three forms. On the other hand, Joe Root is now rated first among batters in test matches.
What did Simon Doull say about Babar Azam?
While commentating on Day 3 of the third Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley, Leeds, Doull observed, “Not too many can deny that Babar Azam is arguably the best player in the world at the moment. He is really brilliant when it comes to batting in the top order. Joe Root might make a case for that, but if you’re going to speak about the Big-4 right now, he’s the one who stands out the most.”
The path to greatness has been paved for Babar Azam: Ian Bishop
Ian Bishop, who played as a fast bowler for the West Indies and is now a pundit, feels that Babar is well on his way to becoming great. He went on to say that the Pakistan captain has almost caught up to the Indian batsman, Virat Kohli, in terms of ODIs.
“Babar Azam is well on his way to becoming great. I want to be explicit when I say ‘on the way to…,’ in the white-ball cricket at least, and definitely in fifty overs,” Bishop said to Cricwick.
“I don’t throw around the word ‘excellent’ too often. Greatness can only be bestowed on a player once a larger sample size has been accumulated, yet as we speak now, his batting average is on the verge of 60 with 17 hundreds scored in one-day internationals. He has nearly eclipsed his next-door neighbor, the great Virat Kohli, in terms of the ultimate uber fifty-over batsman,” Bishop added.
In the ICC rankings, Babar is now ranked first in One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. However, he is only fourth in Tests. Beginning on July 16, he will participate in the first of two Test matches that will be played in Sri Lanka.