India pacer Mohammed Shami is impressed by Pakistan’s growth in international cricket. Recently, Pakistan made it to the semifinals of the 20-20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman. Later, they went on to whitewash Bangladesh in a three-match T20I and two-match Test series.
They then hosted West Indies in a three-match T20I series and the result was as same as against Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Shami praised the Men In Green’s recent performances and said that the emergence of three-four players has helped the team.
Shami also said that comparing Babar Azam with the likes of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, and Joe Root is unfair on the Pakistan skipper.
“Pakistan have been playing very good cricket of late and the emergence of three-four players have really helped them a lot. No doubt Babar Azam is a great player. But to compare him with the likes of Steve Smith, Joe Root or Virat Kohli will be unfair on him. I would say let him play for that many years and then maybe we can judge. At the moment, if he continues to play like that, then he would obviously end his career as one of the greats from Pakistan. Good luck Babar Azam, I would say,” the India pacer told India.com
The 31-year-old also spoke about his batting and said that he was never afraid of the short ball as many people think. Indian pacers were handed a barrage of short balls by South African pacers. “Let me tell you something. I was never scared of the short ball as many people thought it to be. I have always enjoyed my batting and I do try to contribute as much as possible with the bat and help the team. If I was scared of the short ball, I wouldn’t have scored that half-century at Lord’s. So I don’t think much about it,” the 31-year-old concluded.