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Ish Sodhi picks the toughest to bowl among his list of ‘Fab five’ batsmen


Amid coronavirus pandemic, cricketers from across the world have increased their activity on various social media platforms. In order to interact with their fans and admirers, some players have run Q/A sessions while some have participated in online chat symposiums. Following the pattern, the New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi got involved in an Instagram live session on Wednesday with CricTracker, where he talked about several aspects of the game.

Sodhi was asked to pick the toughest batsmen to bowl at, among the ‘Fab Five’. Originally, the list is ‘the Fab Four’ which consist of batsmen like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root. However, many experts have dropped their views in the past and added Pakistan’s Babar Azam as the latest member in the list to make it ‘Fab Five’.

Sodhi responded to the question, and unlike Kohli or Smith, the leggie went for someone else – against whom he finds bowling a challenging task.

Sodhi, while reflecting on Babar”s batting, said that bowling against him is the toughest among the ‘Fab Five’. He stated that Babar becomes a deadly task, especially in UAE conditions.

“Babar Azam is the toughest to bowl among the fab five. It’s tough to bowl against him, especially in UAE conditions,” said Sodhi.

The Black Caps cricketer also ranked his ‘Fab five’ in the order where he placed Babar at the top, followed by the Australian genius Smith and his countryman Williamson. Sodhi positioned Kohli at the No. 4 and Root at the last spot.

Speaking of Babar, he is currently the No. 1 batsman in the ICC T20I rankings and No. 3 in the ODI rankings. Due to his incredible consistency and run-making ability, Babar is termed as Pakistan’s ‘modern-day great’ by many former cricketers.

The 25-year-old has so far played 74 Odys, 38 T20Is, and 26 Test matches. In which, the Lahore-born has accumulated 3359, 1471, and 1850 runs respectively.

Babar averages over 50 in the white-ball cricket, while in the longest format, the right-handed batsman averages 45.10.

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