The former Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram, has hailed Babar Azam as an ‘outstanding talent’ and somebody who has demonstrated his greatness in all the formats of the game. The former champion pacer stated that he would not like to compare the 26-year-old Pakistan skipper with Indian star Virat Kohli. Adding further, he stated that he would love to see Babar Azam playing as reliably as Virat in the three formats of the game regularly.
Babar Azam has proved himself as one of the leading batsmen of the modern period because of his amazing consistency in all formats of the game for the last 12-18 months. Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are the only two batsmen who are in the top-10 rankings for batsmen in all the three cricket formats.
At an average of 55.94, Babar has already piled up 12 centuries in 77 ODI. He also has scored five centuries at an average of 45.44 in 53 Test innings. The Pakistan white-ball skipper was the No.1 T20I batsman for a long period before Dawid Malan of England replaced him.
“I wouldn’t like to make any comparison but having said that, I would like to add that Babar Azam is an exceptional talent; he has shown his excellence in all formats, but in patches. I would be very happy if he can see the comparison positively; and becomes consistent in his performance like Kohli,” Wasim Akram told ANI.
Wasim Akram wishes Indian and Pakistan cricketers should play in leagues
Akram, in the same interview, called for Indian and Pakistan cricketers to play together in domestic leagues. Moreover, he added that sports should be kept away from politics. However, that is a government subject of both nations and it won’t be apt for him to say anything on the subject. However, he was keen to see both nations playing cricket.
For Wasim Akram, IPL is one of the most competitive domestic leagues in the world of cricket. No Pakistani cricketer has partaken in the IPL following the shameful terror attacks in Mumbai in the year 2008. It is a circumstance that is probably not going to change given the current geopolitical strains between the two nations.