Phenomenal in all three formats, Dinesh Karthik on Pakistan player who has no problem adjusting his game

Dinesh Karthik said Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been phenomenal in all three formats

Dinesh Karthik: “He has been phenomenal in all three formats of the game”

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India power-hitter Dinesh Karthik acknowledged that Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been a force to be reckoned with in all three formats.

Azam is currently the top-ranked batsman in ODIs and T20 Internationals, and sits in fourth place on the Test standings.

In the three-Test series against Australia, he scored 390 runs, which included a career-best 196 and two fifties, at an average of 78.

He then went on to make 276 runs in the three-match ODI series, which included two centuries and a fifty, at an average of 138.

As for the one-off T20 International, he walloped 66 off 46 deliveries, which included six boundaries and two sixes.

Most recently, he featured in the three-match ODI series against the West Indies and continued his run of fine form by scoring 181 runs, which included a century and a fifty, at an average of 60.33.

“He has been phenomenal in all three formats of the game,” Karthik told The ICC Review.

Azam will now captain Pakistan in their two-Test series against Sri Lanka, which will be played in Galle and Colombo from July 16 to 28.

Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah

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