Former Australia allrounder Tom Moody believes that Pakistan top-order batsman Babar Azam is a special talent and is a good to watch while batting. Speaking on The Pitch Side Experts Podcast alongside former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop and cricket analyst Freddie Wilde, Moody opined that Babar will grow into top five Test batsmen over the next 5-10 year.
“Babar azam has emerged over the last year or so into something that is going to be so special. We talked about how Virat Kohli is so good on the eye as a batsman. If you think Virat Kohli is good to watch, have a look at Babar Azam bat. My gosh, he is something special,” said Tom Moody.
“I think in the next five to ten years, he will definitely be in your top five [batsmen of the decade] without a question,” the Sunrisers Hyderabad coach added.
The former Australian, though, admitted that Azam’s statistics at the moment make it difficult to put him in the top five current batsmen. “I think, in the next coming years, he will be on your top five position. Even though Babar azam has played 26 matches but in half of those matches he was not considered even part of the main strong batting line-up for Pakistan.
“I think at the time, it is very hard to justify him at that performance given his statistics. Away from home he is only averaging 37 and at home he is averaging 67. But we have to consider that he has hardly played away from home and a lot of those games away were during the initial part of his career,” Moody said.
Azam is currently at the fiveth position in ICC Test batting rankings:-
1) Steve Smith,