Famous commentator Aakash Chopra, in a recent interview, has given his opinion about World Cricket’s Feb-four currently. The former India opening batsman believes that with a Number of Cricketers becoming unbelievably consistent in all three formats, one has to choose one’s ‘Fab Four’ wisely.
While picking India captain Virat Kohli as an automatic choice in the fab-four, Aakash Chopra said, “You would have to start the new fab-four with India’s Virat Kohli because he is the number one batsman in two formats. He is in the top ten in T20I cricket as well but is in the bottom half,” in an recent talk with cricket.pakistan.com.pk.
Aakash also elected New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for his consistent show in longer versions of the game saying, “Have to keep New Zealand’s Kane Williamson in the fab four because of his consistency. He does great in ODIs and is formidable in Tests.”
While there are no set criteria to decide one’s ‘Fab Four’, for a long time, Cricket pundits and fans has included Indian captain Virat Kohli, New Zealand captain Williamson, Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith and England Test captain Joe Root as the Feb-Four of modern era.
However, for the last two slots, Chopra did make some questionable or unpopular choices. In a contrasting opinion, Chopra, has gone with Babar Azam and Rohit Sharma for the last two places in ‘Fab-Four’.
“I would keep Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the fab four. He stands shoulder to shoulder with India’s Virat Kohli. He is the number one batsman in T20Is, number-three in ODIs and number five in Test cricket.
“If you are in the top five in all three formats then how can you not be in the fab four of world cricket? He should be included in the fab four a 120 per cent,” Chopra added.
While there is no doubt that Babar Azam’s recent form makes him one of the best players of current time and Rohit Sharma, the limited over beast is in sublime form for past a few years. But omitting Joe Root and Steve Smith is not easy for anyone.
Though England’s Test captain might have lost a little credibility in Fab four as he hardly plays T20Is these days and in ODIs also he has not been so impressive. But Smith is one of the all-time great Test Batsmen and he is no less a force in limited-overs cricket also. But for the time being Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam’s form can keep anyone out of the Fab-Four.