Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar is now a famous cricket analyst. He occasionally does Youtube videos on topics related to cricket and shares his opinion on social media on everything ranging from player performances to team selection. Recently he did a Twitter Q and A session and answered one of the most debated questions. The question was ‘Who is the most complete all-format player at the moment?’ His answer has already started a heated debate on social media.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar in his latest Twitter Q and A session opined that Indian captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Babar Azam are the most complete all-format cricketers of the modern era.
The question was asked by a popular cricket website. This answer came in as no surprise as Kohli averages above 50 in all three formats of the game, and Babar averages above 50 in T20Is and ODIs, and 45 in Tests. This is not the first time that Akthar has made comparisons between these two players. Even though there are strong competitors for both of them separately in different formats, there are currently no all-format batsmen who dominate World cricket as they do.
Despite being on top of their game, an injury and paternity leave have forced both Babar and Virat to opt-out of the ongoing Test series happening in Australia and New Zealand. And because of that, they have now fallen behind in the latest ICC Test rankings. With Smith failing in the first two Tests, one would have expected Virat to top the rankings. But, the outstanding form of Kane Williamson has helped him to climb up to number one position.
Whereas Babar is right now placed fifth just above Ajinkya Rahane. All it takes is just one more good performance from Rahane to push Babar to the sixth position.