PERTH: Pakistan Head Coach Saqlain Mushtaq has heaped praise on the Men in Green skipper and prolific batter Babar Azam.
While speaking in an interview with ICC Digital, Mushtaq said that it is a treat to watch Azam bat.
“Babar Azam is an artist. It gives me goosebumps while watching him bat in the nets. It’s so beautiful,” said Mushtaq.
Meanwhile, Azam said that it is an honour for him to be ranked alongside the greatest players of the game.
“When your name is included in the list of contemporary greats, that gives you confidence,” said Babar.
“The aim is to try and perform well in every game as the team expects me to deliver them a win,” he added.
The right-hander also shed light on his captaincy in all formats of the game.
“By the grace of Allah, I have honed my man-management skills and learned a lot of things,” he concluded.
Earlier, renowned Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle had also lauded Azam.
In a video posted on his official Twitter account, Bhogle recalled a shot played by Azam during the recently-concluded triangular series in New Zealand.
“Now I am in my hotel room in Melbourne and have nothing to do, so I am watching New Zealand versus Pakistan. He [Babar Azam] didn’t score much, it was 15 of 14, but there was one shot he played off Tim Southee. Just stand up on the back foot and hit it straight past the bowler. And I said, wow, I want to see a lot more of that,” said Bhogle.
“At the moment, he was one of the most exciting players in the world. And if you’re doing nothing, just watch Babar Azam, and you won’t get bored,” he added.
Pakistan will take on Zimbabwe in their second match of the ongoing T20 World Cup today, Thursday, in Perth.
The Men in Green lost their opening match against India by four wickets on Sunday, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, after a thrilling clash.
Azam was dismissed for a golden duck against India, which is why he will be keen to bounce back in the match against Zimbabwe. 
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