Former Pakistan opener Ramiz Raja has advised Babar Azam to follow in the footsteps of India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson. Azam recently took over the reigns as Pakistan’s ODI captain.
Touted to be the next big thing in Pakistan cricket ever since his U-19 days, Babar Azam continued his surge to the top when he was named Pakistan’s full-time ODI captain earlier this month. The Lahore-born was already leading the team in T20Is and needless to say, he will also take over Test captaincy once Azhar Ali retires from the longest format.
The 25-year-old, who averages over 50 in white-ball cricket, is currently Pakistan’s most prolific batter. His batting prowess often sees being compared to the likes of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson. Unlike the four aforementioned players, Azam still has a long way to go and will be tested once he starts his captaincy career (in ODIs).
Ramiz Raja, Pakistan’s former skipper recently shared his views on Azam and said that he can learn captaincy from Kohli and Williamson – both the players lead their respective teams in all three formats of the game.
“There are two role models in international cricket from he can learn, understand – first is Virat Kohli’s captaincy model, which is aggressive. He has strong body language, he is passionate and emotional on the cricket. It enhances his performance with that sort of body language and challenges his team. He is getting glorious results from these aggressive captaincy tactics.,” said Raja.
“The second model is Kane Williamson model – New Zealand’s captain. A slow individual, he does captaincy slowly, doesn’t get emotional on the cricket field. He doesn’t have a strong body language like Kohli but follows the process. His selection is brilliant,” he added.