Ish Sodhi ranks Babar Azam ahead of Smith, Kohli,terms him ‘the toughest’ to bowl at

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New Zealand’s star spin bowler Ish Sodhi has ranked Pakistan’s star batsman Babar Azam ahead of Australian batting genious Steve Smith and Team India skipper Virat Kohli and termed him as ‘the toughest’ he has bowled to in his career.

Ish Sodhi said this while speaking in a live session with CricTracker on Instagram and was asked to named his top five batsmen.

He ranked Pakistan’s newly appointed ODI skipper Babar Azam at the top.

“I’ll go with Babar at first and Steve Smith at second. Then Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Joe Root at the end,” said Sodhi.

“Babar Azam is the toughest to bowl among the fab five. He is a great player.”

When asked why Babar Azam topped his list, the kiwi leg-spinner recalled his days facing Azam and said that he has always found it “really hard” to bowl against him.

“I always find Babar really hard to bowl to. We have played against Azam on some really hot days in UAE and he has played really well,” he said.

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