Babar Azam vs Joe Root- Battle for the ‘Fab 4’

The Fab 4 of cricket -namely Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Joe Root has etched a special memory in the heart of every cricket lover with their sublime strokeplay and sheer talent. However, with the advent of Pakistan’s Babar Azam, and his sublime form of late, he has been lauded as one of the best in his craft and has stirred debates amongst the cricket fraternity regarding his place at the top.

Babar Azam has established himself as one of the leading batsmen of the current era. His steely knock of 69 against England in the first inning was a testament of his lofty repute. An innings, that saw flair and class oozing from the willow, Azam put up a stellar display of his rich repertoire of strokes. 

After having an indifferent start to his Test career, Azam has come up by leaps and bounds in the past two years in the longest format of the game. Since the start of 2018, Azam is averaging over 65 in Test match cricket. He dominated the legendary Dale Steyn in South Africa before scoring a 100 and a 97 against the troika of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in Australia. Azam is currently in England where he has already displayed signs of his incredible talent courtesy a sumptuous 69 in the first innings of the 1st Test at Old Trafford.

Azam has thus far featured in just 27 Tests thus far, racking up 1924 runs at an average of 44.74 with the help of 5 hundred and 14 half-centuries.

Joe Root is one among the players whose performance dropped down and he hasn’t been playing the same like before. He is getting out for cheap scores, with many fans questioning his confidence.

While Steve Smith, who is currently the No.1 ranked Test batsman in the world, has 7227 runs to his name at an average of 62.84 which also includes 26 hundred, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson have 7240, 7785, and 6476 runs to their name.