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Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf firmly believes that Babar Azam is “right up there with the best in the world”.
Azam was Pakistan’s best batsman at the World Cup, where he scored 474 runs in eight matches, which included a century and three fifties, at an average of 67.71.
He has maintained his form in the ongoing limited overs series against Sri Lanka. In the three-match ODI series in Karachi, he accumulated 146 runs in two matches, which included a hundred, at an average of 73. It should be noted that the first game of the series was washed out due to heavy rain.
In the first Twenty20 International in Lahore on Saturday, which Pakistan lost by 64 runs, he made 13.
“His (Babar’s) performance is right up there with the best in the world. He is at number three in ODIs and number one in T20Is. I would just advice and request him to give importance to the longer format the way major players such as Kohli, Smith, Williamson and Root do,” Yousuf was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “You can only make your name through the longer format. At this time, Smith is on top because of his performances in the longer format. The media of the entire world is praising him for his performances because Test cricket is the hardest form of cricket. Your skills, your fitness, your mental level and everything else is tested in it.
“Babar Azam plays very well in limited overs cricket. He will definitely improve in the Test format as well. He has played some good innings recently in South Africa and then he went on to score a century against New Zealand in Tests.”