Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Babar Azam is one of the most technically sound players in the country. The Lahore-born star has made a name for himself through some consistent performances and he’s currently ranked no.1 in the T20I rankings.

Former Captain of Pakistan Shahid Afridi stated a few days ago that he’s extremely lucky to see the rise of Babar Azam as he initially thought that the former will not settle easily in the T20I side by looking at his playing nature.

However, Babar has proved everyone wrong including Shahid Afridi who heaped praise on the young captain of Pakistan.

“I thought Babar Azam would survive in Tests and ODIs but not in T20Is. This was my opinion. But the way that guy has polished and groomed himself. The shots he plays. It depends on the goals you set yourself. It is always hard work. I can’t just keep thinking that I want to be like AB de Villiers or Virat Kohli. If you don’t work hard enough it can never be possible. In order to achieve any goal you always have to work hard,” Afridi said.

Boom Boom Afridi also named his favorite players in the current side of Pakistan that includes all-rounders Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim.

“Some players in the team right now, like Shadab, I really like. He has the ability to be a good all-rounder for the team. I like Hasan Ali a lot. I hope he regains fitness soon. I think Imad Wasim can be a very good all-rounder as well. Being a good all-rounder means that these guys can win Pakistan many matches. An all-rounder has a lot of value in any side,” he said.