DUBAI: Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene made a serious prediction relating to the top-ranked white ball batter Babar Azam and asserted that he can substitute England’s Joe Root because the World No.1 Test batter.
Jayawardene, within the newest episode of ICC Review, backed the Pakistan captain in response to the host’s query about whether or not Babar can substitute Root because the top-ranked Test batter.
“Tough one!” Jayawardena stated. “I’d say Babar Azam has a chance. He’s been constant in all three codecs and it exhibits in his rankings. He’s a naturally gifted participant, performs in all situations, he’s bought the sport to adapt as effectively.
It is dependent upon the quantity of cricket, who’s enjoying when, and the way a lot however the Babar could be the man.”
Babar is the one batter within the high three throughout all codecs and just lately revealed his aim to high the charts in every format. The right-handed batter is ranked first in each ODIs and T20Is, whereas is third within the longest format of the video games. Jayawardene, alternatively, expressed his perception within the capacity of Pakistan and said that the previous can pull this off.
“T20Is and ODIs, it is a tough one to hold on to because there are a lot of good players who have to be consistent,” Jayawardena stated.
“As lengthy as he could be that, as a result of he has an excellent position to play in that Pakistan setup – they’ve batters to bat round him, so he can play his personal recreation – he ought to have the ability to maintain on to that and on the similar time, push himself to get higher.
“He batted effectively in Sri Lanka. I believe Prabath (Jayasuriya) was his nemesis – he bought him thrice out of the 4 innings. That was an excellent battle to look at. Babar bought a very good hundred within the first Test match.
“He’s all the time going to push himself to get higher. Seen in a few his interviews just lately that it’s his aim as effectively to be No 1 throughout the desk. There’s no hurt in difficult your self to get there.
“Being the captain as effectively, he has taken duty and carried out, which is nice to see. (It’s) Not a straightforward factor to do.
“I would put my money on him at least for a little while to hold to all three but there are some good quality players around who will keep pushing him.”
It is pertinent to say right here that Root has the chance to solidify his maintain his place as primary. Babar, nevertheless, will don the white jersey in Pakistan’s home project in opposition to England, later this yr.