KARACHI: Former England captain and renowned commentator Nasser Hussain heaped praises on Pakistan’s all-format captain and top-ranked white-ball player Babar Azam, stating he would tell the youngsters to watch him play cover drives.
Nasser, in an interview, responded to the host’s question regarding which international cricketers, the youngsters should emulate playing cover drives and said he would tell them to watch Babar and some other international players including India’s KL Rahul.
“I’ve named Ian Bell, in Women’s game Lenning and Wolvaardt. Absolutely beautiful and it’s even more pleasing [to] the eye because it is a touch game. KL Rahul, for someone that plays a lot of white-ball cricket, I watch him a lot,” Nasser stated.
“Kane Williamson, again, someone who plays it right underneath him. I don’t think there’s any cricketer in the history of the game that’s played the ball later than Williamson. Joe Root, his cover and that open face that gets going through the ball,” he continued.
The former England captain then made a special mention for Babar and apologized to Indian fans for rating him above Virat Kohli, before declaring that if he were teaching any young boy, he would have him watch Babar’s cover drive.
“I’m going to be biased. Sorry Indian fans but I’m gonna go with Babar Azam. I nearly went Kohli because I think Kohli is slightly different. Kohli has a bit more of a flick of the wrist of it. Babar Azam has just a lovely little [touch],” Nasser shared.
“If I was teaching any young girl to watch, I’d ask her to watch Meg Lanning. I’m teaching any young boy to watch a cover drive. I would say watch Babar,” he maintained.