Joe Root is the best batsman in all three formats at the moment: Mohammad Yousuf

PTI, Jul, 25 2016

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has declared England's Joe Root as currently the best batsman in the world.

Overlooking India's run machine Virat Kohli and South African Ab de Villiers, Yousuf said that he believed Root was the the best in the world at the moment after his monumental 254 against Pakistan in the second Test at Manchester.

"He is the best batsman in all three formats of the game.

File picture of Joe Root. AFP

File picture of Joe Root. AFP

His balance, his shot selection and his timing all work well together and his double hundred against Pakistan at Old Trafford was a gem of an innings," Yousuf said today.

"Root has been around for just a few years but already his batting averages in all three formats speaks for his class," he said.

The Pakistani batsman said there was also no doubt about the class of Kohli or de Villiers but in his personal opinion Root was number one.

Kohli also slammed a double hundred in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua last week.

Yousuf, himself a top batsman who appeared in 90 Tests and 288 one-day internationals, said that the common factor between Root, Kohli and de Villiers were that they were all equally comfortable playing in any format of the game.

"I have always said that if a batsman can be successful at Test level he can be successful in any format. I think the way Root or the others get runs consistently it proves my point," he added.

Yousuf said Pakistan's batting woes were mainly because they were searching for specialist batsmen for different formats.

"I think our batsmen find it difficult to cope whenever the pitch has some bounce and movement. The pitch prepared for the second Test in Manchester is good for batting and England showed this with their big totals," he said.

"Our batsmen have struggled because of the bounce and the fact that most of them are not trying to dominate the bowlers.

A quality batter just does not hang around to get 50 or 100 he should be dominating the bowlers in his innings the way Root did in both innings."

Published Date: Jul 25, 2016 | Updated Date: Jul 25, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115