Sir Vivian Richards compared Pakistan’s all-format skipper Babar Azam to American professional boxer Muhammad Ali, the former West Indies icon and current Quetta Gladiators’ mentor, saying it’s always nice to see him play.
Babar Azam’s technique and beautiful strokeplay were commended by the great batsman, who represented West Indies in 121 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals. According to Richards, the right-hander is one of those batters who can score runs in traditional methods by mostly playing in the ‘V’ region.
“Babar is up there with the greatest,” Richards remarked. He’s the best, a man who plays traditional shots and shots that you’d see in Test matches, ODI matches, and other situations.”
“What I like about Babar is that you don’t see what he’s doing to you, and he doesn’t knock you out,” he continued. He’s like Muhammad Ali in that when he fights, he jabs and wounds you. He’s the type of person who has way too much free time to play, and it’s a joy.”
Sarfaraz Ahmad, the captain of the Quetta Gladiators, was also commended by the great West Indian batter for providing energy and aggression to the team. He claimed that the former Pakistani captain is always more concerned with the team’s success than with personal fame.
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