ENG vs NZ 2022: “Not too many can argue”- Simon Doull believes Babar Azam is ‘best player in the world’

Pakistan captain Babar Azam continues to grow in strength in all formats but especially in white ball cricket following his sensational run against the West Indies.

The 27-year-old already has 17 ODI hundreds and five Test hundreds to his name and seems to be in a whole different league. He’s even received praise from the cricket fraternity, including former New Zealand pacesetter Simon Doull.

While coming on the air on day 3 of the third test between England and New Zealand, Doull had this to say about Babar:

“Not too many can argue that Babar Azam is probably the best player in the world right now. As for batting in that top order, he’s incredible. Joe Root has a case for that, but if you’re talking about the Big 4, he’s the big one right now.”

#1 in ODI batting ranking ✅#1 in T20I batting ranking ✅ICC ODI Team of the Year 2021 ✅ICC T20I Team of the Year 2021 ✅Well deserved Babar Azam 🙌

Babar Azam is on the way to greatness: Ian Bishop

Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop is known for his astute analysis and even praised Babar’s progress in his career.

Speaking to Cricwick, Bishop explained that while the 27-year-old isn’t already a ‘big guy’, he has almost overtaken Virat Kohli’s stature at ODIs. He said:

“Babar Azam is on the way to greatness. I want to be clear when I say ‘on the way to…’, at least in white ball cricket and certainly in fifty overs. I don’t use the term “great” loosely. It has to be a larger sample size to make a player great, but his average, as we speak, is on the verge of 60 at 17 ODI hundreds. He has his Neighbors almost overtaken, the great Virat Kohli, in terms of the ultimate over-fifty batsman.”

Pakistan will play a few Tests away against Sri Lanka from July 16

Edited by Sankalp Srivastava