Jayawardene Picks Babar to Dethrone Joe Root as No.1 Test Batter:
Mahela Jayawardene chose Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan as the player most likely to dethrone Joe Root of England and take the top spot among batters in Test cricket. In fact, the illustrious Sri Lankan cricketer supported the Pakistani right-hander in his bid to win the top rank in each of the game’s three formats. “Babar Azam has a chance, in my opinion. His rankings reflect his consistency across all three formats. He is a naturally talented player who excels in all situations and has the ability to alter his style of play”, Jayawardene Quoted to ICC.
The Pakistani skipper, due to his tremendous consistency is currently the only batsman to be ranked top 3 in batsmen rankings of all the formats of the game. According to Jayawardene, one of the primary factors in Babar’s success in all three formats over the past several years is that he is technically sound.
According to the former captain of Sri Lanka, maintaining the top rank in white-ball cricket is considerably harder because there is more competition and more games played. Mahela was also impressed with the leadership qualities of Babar Azam. “He has accepted responsibility and delivered, which is fantastic to see considering that he is also the captain. It’s not an easy task to complete,” he added.