“It’s Like Comparing Wasim Akram And Shaheen Afridi”- Salman Butt On Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam

India vs Pakistan - Asia Cup 2022
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Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, received two ICC awards this week, being named the ODI Player of the Year for 2022 as well as the Men’s Player of the Year. With nearly 2,600 runs scored in all formats of international cricket last year, Babar had a spectacular performance.

To put it in context, no other batter had hit more than 2,000 runs. Babar also helped Pakistan secure finals berth in both the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup, and in nine ODIs, he hit eight fifty-plus runs.

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No Comparison Of Babar Azam With Virat Kohli At This Point Of His Career: Salman Butt

Babar Azam has replicated India’s Virat Kohli’s accomplishments from 2017–18, when the latter won two consecutive ODI Player of the Year awards. Babar and Kohli have been linked frequently over the past few years, and the Pakistani captain’s most recent achievement has significantly increased those similarities once again.

Salman Butt, a former Pakistan captain, says that it would not be appropriate to compare the two at this time because Kohli is at a separate point in his career.

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Babar Azam and Virat Kohli. Credits: Twitter

“Both are world class cricketers and top-notch performers. But there’s no comparison with Virat Kohli at this point of his career. Kohli has scored 74 international tons and he didn’t score a hundred in three years. Now you can imagine the magnitude of his performances,” Butt told paktv.tv in a chat.

“There’s a phase in cricketer’s life when they perform brilliantly, but then start to struggle. Babar is performing exceptionally right now and we hope he only improves from here. We want him to be a great.

Most role models in Pakistan have played exciting cricket, not consistent cricket. After a long time, we have got a player like Babar who tops the charts and we need to enjoy him, cherish him. We don’t want to send him to panic mode,” said Butt further.

When the interviewer asked the comparative question again, the former Pakistan captain concluded by quoting a reference.

Virat Kohli & Babar Azam
Virat Kohli & Babar Azam. Image Credits: Twitter

“There’s no comparison. It’s like comparing Wasim Akram and Shaheen Afridi. It’s not right,” Butt stated.

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