Karachi Kings' recently appointed head coach Herschelle Gibbs heaps praise on 'world-class' Babar Azam.
While speaking during a virtual press conference, the former South Africa star opened up on Azam's string of low scores in the recent past and fans' expectation from the stalwart batsman ahead of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“Babar Azam is a world-class player and is in the top five [batsmen] in all formats around the world. He is a wonderful batsman and cricketer and understands his game.
The best players also make low scores at times and it's part and parcel of the game. I had a couple of words with him yesterday and he is not fazed by it which is sign of good temperament,” said Gibbs.
“He is was the batsman of the tournament last year and he will be keen on proving that he can repeat that performance. He is not going through a bad patch, it’s just that his standards are so high that people expect him to score 50-plus runs whenever he goes out to bat and that is a little bit unfair,”
The 46-year-old was also stirred by the amount of talent Kings' local players possess and the depth in the squad.
“There is a lot of depth in the squad. Over the last couple of days, it was important for me to look at the local players in the squad and I have been very impressed with what I have seen.
“Mohammad Ilyas, Arshad Iqbal, Qasim Akram, Danish Aziz, Waqas Maqsood… they have all impressed me,” he added.