Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has praised Babar Azam for his superlative batting performance across formats. According to him, Babar will be among top five batsmen in the future. However, he accepted that he was wrong to predict that young Pakistan batsman would be as good as Virat Kohli.

“I think he will be in the top five [batsmen] of the world very soon across all formats. I thought I was a bit quick off the gun when I said two years ago that he would be almost as good as Virat Kohli but it has taken him a while to show that class,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.

“But if you watched him in the nets couple of years ago, he was a young boy who has developed into a young man, he’s got stronger and fitter and his game gets better and better all the time,” he added.

Pakistan have been undone by South Africa across formats but Babar Azam can held his head high after coming good in the Tests and T20 international series.

“I have never doubted Babar Azam, he keeps on getting better and better and the exciting thing for us is that we haven’t seen the best of Azam yet. He has been unbelievable on this tour. There have been question marks around Azam outside the sub-continent but I think he’s put those to rest now,” the coach added.

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