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Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis believes that Babar Azam has what it takes to break all the country’s records in international cricket and become Pakistan’s greatest-ever batsman.
Waqar’s incredibly high praise comes after Azam has been Pakistan’s most consistent batsman as of late.
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.
However, he suffered a dip in form in the three-match Twenty20 series in Lahore as he amassed 43 runs in three matches at an average of 14.33.
“Good thing about Babar Azam is that he has come through the ranks – he’s played U16, U19 and also played plenty of cricket for Pakistan A also; he is doing a wonderful job for himself and Pakistan and growing in confidence and getting better,” Waqar was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “Babar Azam is probably one of the batsmen we have at the moment who can really go on and beat records of Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan; he is the guy who can challenge their records.”