In response to Dinesh Karthik’s statement that the Pakistan skipper has the potential to make history, Babar Azam has described the possibility of being the No.1 Batter In All 3 Formats as a fantasy.
Karthik, an experienced keeper-batsman for India, was giving his opinion on Babar’s future on The ICC Assessment when he predicted that Babar would have been the 1st cricketer to be rated as the best batsman in all 3 forms of the game.
In the statistics released by the ICC for one-day internationals (ODIs) and twenty20 internationals (T20Is), Babar is presently ranked first, but in the rankings for tests, he has risen to a career-high fifth place, trailing Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, & Joe Root.
“As a player, it’s a dream to become the No. 1 in all formats and, for that, you have to focus and put in hard work. It’s not like if you are the top player in one or two formats, you go easy,” said Babar.
“If you are to become No.1 Batter In All Formats, you have to keep yourself fit and on track. There is back-to-back cricket and the gap is less. For that, you need to be extra fit. It’s something I am preparing for. It’s going well in white-ball and hopefully, I will be able to do well in Tests too”, the skipper added.
As a captain, you go into the series thinking about a clean sweep: Babar
Babar Azam was addressing in advance the revised one-day international series between Pakistan and the West Indies, which will now take place on June 8, 10, and 12. Due to the emergence of COVID-19 in the West Indies camp after their T20I series, the 3 One-Day Internationals were rescheduled in December of last year.
These Twenty20 Internationals were won by Pakistan with a perfect 3-0 score, and they then went on to win the ODIs at home versus Australia by a score of 2-1.
“As a team, as a captain, you go into the series thinking about a clean sweep, whoever the opponent is. We went with the same thought against Australia, to play tough cricket and dominate. The intent is the same against West Indies, but it’s not like we are underestimating them. They also have the capacity to give you a tough time as, on the day, they are a dangerous team. You can’t take the easy”, Babar further added.
Babar was the standout performer in all 3 One-Day matches that were played versus Australia. He hit two centuries and a half-century had a batting avg of 142.5 and a strike rate of 116.8. The limited-overs matches between Pakistan and West Indies will be staged in Multan, with the fixtures beginning at 4 p.m. local time in order to escape the hottest part of the day.
Both sides are now vying for a top.8 finish in the Super League in order to gain automatic qualification for the Cricket World Cup 2023. The 3 ODIs are a component of the Super League, and West Indies is presently in 6th position while Pakistan is at the 10th spot.