Pakistani batsman Babar Azam surprised the world with his selections on Thursday (February 1). He called Steve Smith’s cover drive the best in the world and did not name Virat Kohli, who is arguably the best cover drive player.
There are only a few players in the current generation who have mastered the art of playing cover drive. Players like Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root are among those who play the shot with elegance.
Virat Kohli is surely one of the best cover players and many greats of the game have rated his shot as the best. There have been many debates regarding his covering ability being better than other batsmen in the world.
But according to Babar Azam, Steve Smith has the best coverage in the world. The batsman during a live session on
If this was not enough, Babar Azam chose the Pakistan Super League (PSL) over the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the best T20 tournament, saying that the Pakistan-based league is the best in the world.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the most lucrative cricket league in the world. Since the introduction of the league in 2008, it has grown by leaps and bounds and is ranked on the same page as other sports leagues such as the NBA, NFL and EPL.
Not just monetarily, but the kind of competition the IPL sees between bat and ball sets it apart from the other leagues in the world. Several global superstars have played in the league and have played a huge role in making it a success.
On the other hand, Pakistan Super League (PSL) is slowly rising. It is ranked among the best leagues in world cricket. The tournament is helping to shape cricket in Pakistan and like the IPL did in India, the league is doing the same for cricket in Pakistan.
Babar Azam chooses AB de Villiers as his dream batting partner
Babar Azam was also asked to choose his dream batting partner in X Space. The Pakistani batsman named former South African cricketer AB de Villiers, saying that he has always played matches against him but always wanted to bat with him.
He said: “My dream batting partner is the one and only AB Devilliers. “I have played matches against him but I always wanted to bat with him.”
AB de Villiers is one of the most interesting cricketers who played cricket. It’s fair to say that he changed the dynamic of the way the game is played with his ability to hit shots all over the field. Rated Mr 360, he ended his career as one of South Africa’s best players in all three formats of the game. The batsman was also part of the IPL and the PSL.