There is no doubt that the Asian continent has produced some high-class cricketers over the years. From Sachin Tendulkar to Wasim Akram to Kumar Sangakkara, the subcontinent has always given top-class payers. The current crop of cricketers has also continued the legacy of legendary payers, making sure the Asian dominance remains over world cricket.
However, picking the top two cricketers from Asia could be tough as there are many choices. But former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif did not hesitate to name his two best picks. In this regard, most might expect experts to pick among the popular choices in former India captain Virat Kohli or current skipper Rohit Sharma.
But, in his conversation with Sportskeeda, Kaif picked one bowler from India and one batter from Pakistan as his two best cricketers from Asia. Kaif named Jasprit Bumrah as his first choice and reckoned that while people talk a lot about batters from India, Bumrah is one such cricketer who has delivered under pressure and has played a vital role in the rise of India’s winning percentage in overseas Tests.
“It’s a tough one, but I like Bumrah. People talk a lot about batters from Kohli to Dhoni…they are all great players, but someone like Bumrah, he is very calm-headed, is cool and composed and delivers under pressure, as we have seen in the last few years. He has emerged as an all-format player. His arrival has helped India in bettering their overseas Test win percentage,” said Kaif.
When it comes to his second choice, the Prayagraj-born picked Pakistan captain Babar Azam. Kaif opined that Babar has been delivering for Pakistan on a consistent basis and is not cherished enough for his performances.
“Pakistan has got real talent and some fantastic players. Babar Azam is there. I like Shaheen Afridi. But I would suggest Babar. He has been playing very well and has been in form, scoring well continuously. But he isn’t appreciated enough for his performances, but for Pakistan, he has already been a brilliant player,” added Kaif.