The elite group, consisting of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root - known as the “Fabulous 4” in the modern-day cricket, has started to change its dynamics a little. These 4 batsmen have ruled the cricket world in the past half-decade. The likes of Smith, Kohli, Williamson, and Root have done a great job for their respective country which drove their name to the top-tier.
Fabulous 4 is not a stereotype instead it thrives on the performances and the stats of these 4 classical batsmen. The recent stats and records have somewhat penetrated the “Fab 4”. These records have been lately against the England’s Test captain Joe Root, who has struggled for his form. Root is the only captain out of the elite group whose average has gone down ever since he became England’s Test captain.
Here is the statistical analysis:
Virat Kohli: Average as non captain: 41.13 ; Average as captain: 63.80
Kane Williamson: Average as non captain: 49.23 ; Average as captain: 58.83
Steve Smith: Average as non captain: 58.21 ; Average as captain: 70.36
Joe Root: Average as non captain: 52.80 ; Average as captain: 39.70
Stats only tell the truth and how the game has progressed recently. Root’s batting form has gone down significantly in the recent past which has shook his position in the fab 4. Adding fuel to the fire, Pakistan’s premier batsman Babar Azam has knocked at the door of the elite group with his recent performances. This has left the cricket world with a question? Is it Fab 4 vs Babar or Fab 4 vs Root?
Root has played far more cricket than Babar has at the moment and it might be too early to say that Babar has replaced Joe Root in the hierarchy but with the class Babar Azam got, the days are not far away when he will be standing tall in the group of the elite batsmen. However, Joe Root is still confident to regain his captaincy form and revamp his batting dominance.