Azhar Ali the best Pakistani batsman?
Azhar Ali the best Pakistani batsman? The more you see Azhar Ali play, the more he proves that he is the best test batsman in the current Pakistani batting lineup. Yes he bats too slow, yes he does not have array of shots, and yes he is unpleasing to the eyes when he bats but forget about the aesthetics, at the end of the day he score runs and helps the team win games. The great Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan are probably playing their last tour if not then they are very close to hanging it up. Asad Shafiq is probably the best number 6 batsmen of all time but in order to be become the best he needs to bat up the order.
He comes in the mold of Hanif Mohammad a throwback player who loves to stay on the pitch and the dot ball after dot ball does not bother him. At the end of the day it is test cricket and a strike rate should be the last thing in any ones mind. Most Pakistani fans will compare him to Saeed Anwar a legendary Pakistani batsman in his own right and Azhar Ali will never be Saeed Anwar because he will always fail all the eye tests there are when it comes to watching cricket from TV. For a guy who never played a test match in home condition he has as many test centuries and fifties as Saeed Anwar and his career is probably at the halfway mark and the best of Azhar Ali is yet to come and by the time he will call a career he will be amongst the most run scorer in Pakistan history.