Smith, Kohli and Babar Azam are modern-day greats: Matthew Hayden

Hayden described the trio as "once in a lifetime and once in a generation cricketers"

Smith, Kohli and Babar Azam are modern-day greats: Matthew Hayden PHOTO: AFP

During the build-up to the World Test Championship final between Australia and India, former Australian cricketer, Matthew Hayden, shared his thoughts on the strengths of both teams.

When asked about the advantage Australia might have over India, Hayden highlighted the importance of putting runs on the board, and in doing so, he praised the batting prowess of Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, and Babar Azam, whom he considers modern-day greats.

Hayden expressed his admiration for these three batsmen, recognizing them as exceptional talents in the game of cricket. He described them as "once in a lifetime and once in a generation cricketers," indicating that their abilities and achievements set them apart from their peers.

Hayden also acknowledged the significance of Marnus Labuschagne and Pat Cummins in the Australian team. Labuschagne's emergence as a reliable batsman and Cummins' dual role as a captain and a potent fast bowler add further strength to the Australian lineup.

“In a big game, it is about runs on the board. Steve Smith is a maestro. When you think about the modern-day greats, Smith, Kohli, Babar Azam, these are once in a lifetime and once in a generation cricketers. So obviously in combination with Labuschagne, those two are extremely critical for Australian batting line-up. And then Pat Cummins as a captain and as a bowler as well," Hayden said.


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Smith, known for his unorthodox yet effective batting style, has been a key figure in Australia's batting line-up for several years. His ability to consistently score runs and dominate opposition bowlers has earned him a reputation as one of the best batsmen of his generation.

Kohli, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, has been a dominant force in world cricket for over a decade. Known for his aggressive and passionate style of play, Kohli is regarded as one of the finest batsmen in contemporary cricket.

Babar, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, has risen through the ranks to become one of the most exciting batsmen in international cricket. His elegant strokeplay, impeccable timing, and ability to play long innings make him a delight to watch. Babar's impressive statistics and consistent performances have cemented his place among the top batsmen in the world.