Pakistan’s former batting coach, Grant Flower has all praise for the Pakistan’s shining batting star, Babar Azam as he rates him as the best cricketer he has ever coached.
During an interview with ESPNCricinfo, Flower opened up about his experience of working with Pakistan cricket team in the capacity of batting coach for the last five years and the future prospects for the national team.
“He’s probably the best bloke I’ve ever coached – certainly the best Pakistani I’ve ever coached,” said the former Zimbabwean international.
On the other hand, he believes Haris Sohail is the most underrated batsman of Pakistan and the world will witness the best of him in the coming years.
Flower also hailed the ever-improving Imam Ul Haq and foresighted that the man, who is often discredited for his performances because of being a nephew of former chief selector Inzamam, Ul Haq, will have a successful international career.
“Imam-ul-Haq, I think he’s really improved. You’re going to see a lot more of him because he’s very driven. As long as he doesn’t get too far ahead of himself, I think he’s going to have a really good career,” he said.
He sees Babar and Imam as two of the top three in the batting order for Pakistan for the next five years, however, he is unsure about Fakhar Zaman’s position due to his unorthodox technique.
“I’m not sure about Fakhar (Zaman); he’s got to get his technique a bit tighter, but the other two will definitely be there, no question about that,” he said.
Flower further talked about Zaman that he had high hopes from the flamboyant left-handed opening batsman, but he could not live up to his potential. The 48-year-old is still hopeful that with hard work, the Champions Trophy final hero can make it big at the international stage.
“There’s a lot of rawness about him[Fakhar Zaman], but his results have been very inconsistent. I think he’s good enough to make something of it, but he’s got a lot of work to do,” he said.
Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had decided against giving any extension to the current coaching staff after the World Cup debacle including the head coach Mickey Arthur, bowling coach Azhar Mehmood, batting coach Grant Flower and the trainer Grant Luden.