The comparison between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam continues to be one of the most talked about topics in cricketing fraternity. The India captain is widely regarded as the best batsman across formats in the world right now. No batsman has performed as consistently as Virat Kohli in all the three formats.
When it comes to stats across formats, Virat Kohli is heads and shoulders above his contemporaries. At just 31, Kohli has hit a staggering 70 centuries and 104 half-centuries in international cricket. With 43 tons to his name, he is second in the list of most centuries in ODIs. He is the only player in the world with average of more than 50 in all the three formats of the game.
On the other hand, Babar Azam is also regarded as one of the best in the world. The Pakistan limited-overs captain averages more than 50 in ODIs and T20Is and has an average of over 45 in the longest format of the game. Just like Virat Kohli, the Pakistan star has also proved himself in almost all the parts of the world.
Babar Azam has potential to emulate Virat Kohli:
With Babar Azam growing from strength to strength, former Pakistan captain Younis Khan believes has the potential to become a legend of the game, like Virat Kohli in five years time. Younis Khan, who was recently appointed as batting coach of Pakistan, described the India star as the top batsman of modern day cricket, but said Azam has the capability of breaking many batting records.
“I don’t like these comparisons. Look at Kohli he is at the top of his game right now. He is without any doubt the top batsman today and has performed in all formats,” the 42-year-old told reporters on Wednesday.
“Babar has also performed in all formats in recent times but the way I look at it, where Kohli is today, what he has achieved until now, Babar will be there in five years time. I would say after four five years if we make comparisons that would be more suitable,” he added.