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Pakistan superstar Babar Azam believes New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is the most impressive batsman in international cricket today.
Azam admitted that he is a big fan of the way Williamson “paces his innings” and leads by example.
In fact, Azam sees Williamson as a good role model for any batsman and admitted that the 29-year-old “is a batsman who I try to emulate”.
“I really enjoy watching Kane Williamson bat, apart from when he is scoring runs against Pakistan,” Azam told The Cricket Paper as quoted by PakPassion. “What impresses me most about Williamson is the way he paces his innings, the way he plays his shots so late, his calmness at the crease, his timing, the way he handles pressure and the way he leads from the front and absorbs responsibility.
“He’s just a fantastic role model for any batsman and he is a batsman who I try to emulate.
“However, I think you can also learn a lot by watching all of the good batsmen around at the moment and I believe you can really improve as a batsman if you take the best components from a combination of good batsmen. If one takes and absorbs from a batsman how he copes in certain conditions, how he handles pressure, how he bats on bouncy tracks or turning tracks, what he is doing to counteract bowlers on seaming pitches, then that will definitely improve you as a player and that is exactly what I am trying to do.”