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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur firmly believes that Babar Azam will be among “the top 5 [batsmen] in the world very, very soon across all formats”.
Arthur’s praise and prediction comes after Azam smashed a 58-ball 90 in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Even though Pakistan lost the match by seven runs, Azam has become one of Pakistan’s most consistent batsmen as of late.
In the three-Test series, Azam scored 221 runs, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 36.83.
He also accumulated 195 runs in the five-match ODI series, which included a lone fifty, at an average of 48.75.
It should also be noted that Azam currently sits in fifth place on the ODI batsmen rankings and first on the Twenty20 batsmen standings. In regards to the Test batsmen rankings, he is in 18th place.
“I have never doubted Babar Azam; I said two years ago that he would be that good and he keeps on getting better and better, and the exciting this for us is that we haven’t seen the best of Babar yet,” Arthur was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “He is just going to keep on getting better but he has been unbelievable on this tour.
“There have been question marks around Babar outside the sub-continent but I think he’s put those to rest now and he is quality player who will get better and better.
“I thought I was a bit quick off the gun when I said two years ago that he would be almost as good as Virat [Kohli] but its taken him a while to show that class.
“But if you watched him in the nets two years ago, he was a young boy who’s developed into a young man, he’s got stronger and fitter and his game gets better and better all the time.
“I think he will be [among] the top five [batsmen] in the world very, very soon across all formats.”