Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been knocking on the door for a long time to work his way into the Fab Four which currently includes Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith. And with his masterstroke of 196 points in the second Test against No. 1-ranked Test team Australia in Karachi helping Pakistan draw, Babar reignited the debate and the former BCCI coach Saba Karim has delivered his verdict on the matter.
A valiant and sensational 196 from Babar, now the highest score in the fourth set by a Test captain, helped Pakistan bounce back from a colossal goal to draw and then force a decider. The stunt received worldwide praise, leaving fans wondering about Babar’s place in the Fab Four. So, did he finally join the elite club?
Well, Saba still wants to wait a few more rounds before concluding, but admitted that Babar has shown signs of struggling in SENA countries.
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“I always feel that when Babar faces tough conditions, when Pakistan go to SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia), their record, especially in test matches, doesn’t hasn’t been as good as the subcontinent. I’ll wait a few more times before adding it to the Fab Four,” he told India News.
According to Babar’s record in SENA countries, he boasts an average of 39.30 in 14 tests, scoring 809 runs. He does, however, have an impressive record in England, where he scored 263 points on his last visit to the country, averaging 65.75.
However, he praised Babar’s shot.
“If we see otherwise, he’s technically very solid, he’s a fantastic player, he’s a game-winner, bats with responsibility. That’s why I think he can definitely break into the Fab Four but once he starts scoring regularly circulates in these countries.
“It was an amazing shot and it was even more important because Pakistan were knocked out for just 148 runs in the first innings. So they were trying to save the game here and they might even have won the game if they had had time. Considering that, it was a huge blow,” he added.