Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Babar Azam has always been compared to the captain of India, Virat Kohli. A number of cricket analyst have opined on the duo and the latest among the experts to join the list is former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf.
The 26-year-old, Babar Azam has already impressed the cricketing fraternity with some of his match-winning knocks, while the Delhi-born Virat Kohli has several records on his name.
Babar Azam Needs to Be Consistent For a Longer Period of Time: Mohammad Yousuf
Former Pakistan Mohammad Yousuf while comparing the duo, gave more points to the Lahore-born cricketer. He said that at Babar’s age, Kohli’s numbers were not as good as Pakistan’s limited-overs captain. He says that after so many matches Babar has played so far, he has shown better game than Kohli.
“Kohli has played much more cricket than Babar who has only about three to four years of exposure in international cricket. But yes, if you ask me to make a comparison based on where Kohli stood after the same number of matches that Babar has played, I would say Babar has done better,” Yousuf was quoted as saying in Times Now.
I Felt Captaincy Had Only Made Him a Better Player”: Mohammad Yousuf
Further, he gave credits to Kohli’s captaincy and said that his role as a ‘captain’ made him a better player.
“Kohli is very committed that is why he is so successful and he has already got runs in every cricket playing nation. I felt captaincy had only made him a better player,” he stated.
Earlier, former England captain Nasser Hussain had also commented on the Kohli-Babar debate.
He told PakPassion.net, “Babar did OK in the Test series against England bearing in mind England is not an easy place to come and play Test cricket. He just needs that consistency in Test cricket to be up there with the likes of Virat Kohli. Babar’s done that for 6 to 9 months so far, he just needs to be consistent for a longer period of time.”
As long as their records are concerned, Babar has 17 centuries and 47 half-centuries across all formats. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has third-most internationals tons (70), most double tons by an Indian in Tests, over 10,000 ODI runs and is the leading run-getter in T20 Internationals.