Veteran cricket commentator and pundit Alan Wilkins, in a recent live session with Islamabad United, said that Pakistan’s white-ball skipper Babar Azam can break into the ‘fab four’ of batsmen and make it the ‘famous five’ instead.
The ‘fab four’ currently features India’s Virat Kohli, Australia’s Steve Smith, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and England captain Joe Root.
“Babar Azam has got the eye and mental architecture to work out how to bat for a long time. He just now needs to get out there and bat for a long time. He knows what to do and has every shot in the book. You talk about Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Joe Root as fab four. There is no reason that Babar Azam could not make it the famous five. He has got the talent, technique and the determination,” said Wilkins.
“I think the next two years for Babar Azam is when he will be scrutinised. He has got to do it on the big stage. He is beautiful to watch. If you want to watch cricket played with panache, style and elegance then Babar Azam is right up there,” he added.
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra also recently tipped Babar to stand toe to toe with India’s batting maestro Kohli in terms of performances while adding that the Lahore-born’s consistency could no longer be ignored.
“I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket. If you are in the top five in all three formats than how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” said Chopra.
At this moment in time, Babar Azam is the no.1 ranked batsman in the world in the T20I format. The 25-year-old is also being the only player to be among the top five in ICC rankings across all formats.