The former WI cricketer spoke about Babar Azam, and also made a big claim over his comparisons with Virat Kohli
Babar Azam, Pakistan's captain, has had exceptional success and is widely regarded as one of the best batters of the modern age. The 27-year-old has been a key figure in Pakistan's recent rise in cricket, particularly in white-ball cricket. Since his debut in 2015, Babar, who is also the top-ranked batter in ODIs and T20Is, has come a long way.
Babar's performances have drawn comparisons to some of the game's best batsmen, notably India's former captain, Virat Kohli. Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop also talked about Babar's talent, believing that Babar has "nearly overtaken" Kohli as the premier batsman in ODIs due to his remarkable form.
"Babar Azam is on his road to becoming a superstar. When I say 'on the road to...,' I mean in white-ball cricket at the very least, and certainly in fifty overs. I don't throw around the word 'great' lightly. Ian Bishop also said that test cricket is still a work in progress for him. I'm amazed he hasn't gotten into Test cricket statistics sooner. He's getting a little better at it.
Babar is in superb form for Pakistan, having led his team to a 3-0 ODI series victory over the Windies. He already holds the record of delivering three consecutive ODI centuries, twice in the format.
Babar has scored 4,442 runs in 89 One-Day Internationals, averaging 59.22. In 50-over cricket, he has 17 centuries and 19 fifties to his name. Kohli, on the other hand, has already established himself as an all-time great. In 260 ODIs, the star batsman has scored 12,311 runs at an average of 58.03. In ODIs, the 33-year-old has also scored 43 centuries and 64 fifties.
As things are getting heated up, the T20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan later this year becomes more fascinating for both sets of fans. Indian fans will be hoping for a Kohli masterclass with the bat and India will also look to take revenge for their brutal loss against Pakistan in their last meeting.