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Sakshi Jain ∙ Jun 26 2022, 12:06 PM | 2 Min Read

'He is probably the best player in the world'- Simon Doull lionizes Babar Azam

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has taken the cricket world by storm owing to his back-to-back stunning performances with the bat. There's no doubt that Babar is one of the best batters in the cricket fraternity at the moment. 

Babar garnered praise in the three-match ODI series against West Indies as under his leadership, Pakistan won the series 3-0. The 27-year-old ended up as the second-highest run-getter with 181 runs at an impressive average of 60.33. He also smacked a ton and a half-century. 

Babar Azam's golden run with the bat has made him one of the prime contenders to be included in the Fab Four.

Looking at Babar's performance in all three formats of the game, many former cricketers have demanded his inclusion in the elite list. Former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull is the latest to join the bandwagon as he heaped praises on the Pakistan skipper. 

Doull was a part of the commentary box for the third and final Test match between New Zealand and England. During the third day of the game, the former Kiwi bowler lionized Babar, saying he is the best batter in the world at the moment. 

"Not too many can argue that Babar Azam is probably the best player in the world at the moment. As far as batting in that top order is concerned, he is unbelievable. Of course, Joe Root has got an argument for that, but when you talk about the Big-4, at the moment, he is the big one," Doull said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

Former West Indies star Ian Bishop also added to the conversation by claiming that Babar has almost overtaken Virat Kohli as a batter in One Day Internationals. Babar Azam has represented Pakistan in 40 Tests, 89 ODIs and 74 T20 Internationals, scoring 2851, 4442 and 2686 runs, respectively. He has also smacked 17 ODI hundreds in his international career. 

"Babar Azam is on the road to greatness. I want to be clear when I say 'on the road to...', in the white-ball cricket at least, and certainly in fifty overs. I don't use the term 'great' loosely. 

It has to be a bigger sample size to bestow greatness on a player, but his average, as we speak now, (is) on the cusp of 60 with 17 ODI hundreds. He has almost overtaken his next-door neighbour, the great Virat Kohli, in terms of the ultimate fifty-over batsman," Bishop added.