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Ex-PCB chairman compares Babar Azam to Don Bradman

“In white-ball cricket, he has statistically become the best player in the world,” says Raja

By Web Desk
May 06, 2023
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam (left) and former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja. — AFP/File
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam (left) and former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja. — AFP/File

Showering praise on Pakistan captain Babar Azam — the number one one-day international (ODI) batter in the world — over his consistent outstanding performance, former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja said Saturday that the skipper in no less than legendary Don Bradman — widely considered the greatest cricketer of all time.

Taking on his YouTube channel, the ex-PCB chairman called Azam the best player in white-ball cricket, as the Pakistani skipper’s stats are remarkable.

“In white-ball cricket, he has statistically become the best player in the world,” said Raja.

He maintained that the consistency Azam has shown is just exceptional given the high-risk nature of the white-ball format.

Azam has been the number-one batter on the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings since April 2, 2022, and currently holds the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year. He also won the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award — which is his second.

“I have never seen so much consistency from a player in such a risky format. The base of which is his technique and temperament. He has no technical issues, whether it is a grassy pitch or a pitch like Karachi, where bowlers generally struggle," Raja added.

Azam had on Friday scored a superb century to help Pakistan register a thumping 102-run victory in the fourth match against New Zealand in Karachi.

Azam stroked a 117-ball 107 and also became the fastest batter to reach 5,000 ODI runs, as his team made 334-6 in their 50 overs.

His 18th ODI hundred took him past the mark in his 97th innings in the format, beating former South Africa batter Hashim Amla´s previous record of 101 innings.