Babar Azam earned plaudits from media personalities and cricket experts from all over the world. His match-saving and record-breaking 196 against Australia in the final innings of the second Test in Karachi was so impressive that even foreign media figures — including those from the neighbouring India — couldn’t help but wax lyrical about him.
Leading the praise was England great Michael Vaughan who said Babar is “without question the best all-round batter in the world right now” and “brilliant” across all formats.
Babar Azam said that he thanked entire team for showing massive character and named Muhammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique for their rock solid performances.
West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards applauded both Babar and Mohammad Rizwan’s performance, calling them “exceptional talents”.
He further said the world was “blessed to witness such players in the middle”.
Cricketer-turned-coach Ian Pont described Babar’s innings as “unbelievable”, saying it showed why the Pakistan captain was the best in the world at the moment.
“Extraordinary effort by Babar Azam to save the Test for Pakistan. Changed the game by looking to score day four rather than letting Australia dictate,” tweeted Australian journalist Andrew Wu.
Indian journalists were also effusive in their praise.
“Controversial [question] but because sports must stretch beyond the LOC, here it is: is @babarazam258 the best all-format batsman today in the subcontinent?” asked Rajdeep Sardesai.
Vikrant Gupta said the star batsman’s innings “will pitchfork him to be counted as one of the modern-day greats”.