Recently, former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn had a Q&A session on Twitter on Thursday, during which he was asked who he thought was the finest batsman across all forms in recent years. In response to the query, he picked Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team.
“Who, in your view, is the greatest batsman in the world right now across all formats?” a user inquired. “Maybe Babar?” “He’s really darn good,” Steyn commented in response to the criticism. Babar is now the No. 1 rated batter in one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), as well as the fifth-ranked batsman in the longer format.
Maybe Babar? He’s pretty darn good
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) April 14, 2022
It was a similar story in the One-Day International series as well. He scored back-to-back hundreds to lead Pakistan to a 2-1 series triumph, after being out for only 57 in the first match. In the second One-Day International, he scored 114 runs off only 83 balls to aid Pakistan’s chase of 349 runs. As Pakistan cruised to victory in their pursuit of 211 in the third match, he hammered an undefeated 105 in the first.
Babar Azam scored 66 runs from 46 balls in Pakistan’s lone Twenty20 international, helping the team to a total of 162 points. Australia, on the other hand, was able to chase down the mark thanks to a fifty from opposite number Aaron Finch. He has been in excellent form since the 2021 T20 World Cup when he finished as both the top run-scorer and the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
Fans often think it’s time that Babar should be included as the top batsman of the world along with Virat Kohli, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson. Babar has been in fantastic touch recently and has amassed runs across all formats. He has also found his batting ally in Rizwan and thus making the Pakistan team stable.