Muttiah Muralitharan, a former Sri Lankan spin bowling legend, termed Pakistan Captain Babar Azam one of the players who may have been better playing him. Muralitharan noted that Babar has a good technique and that he might have addressed his variations.
Muralitharan was questioned on ESPNCricinfo by Aakash Chopra, a former Indian batsman, where he was asked his assessment on which current players could regularly play him. The renowned spinner also called Virat Kohli, an Indian captain, one of modern batsmen.
“Kohli was challenging because he’s a good spin player. I haven’t watched, Babar Azam, but looks like one of the best players since he’s from the subcontinent,” commented Muralitharan.
Babar is one of the top spin bowling players in the team in Pakistan and his record of spin bowling in all three sizes is fantastic. Babar’s average batting against spin bowling in all three formats is perfect. His test average is 51.7, 87.3 for ODIs, and 73.6 for cricket T20I.
His record with the right-arm off-spin is also excellent. He fights in tests an average of 66.3, in ODIs 67.1, and in T2oIs 165.0. He was just 16 times rejected and scored 1,166 runs in 89 innings against off-spin bowling in all forms.
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