Saqlain Mushtaq, veteran Pakistan off-spinner, has weighed in on the comparisons between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam.
Saqlain Mushtaq hailed both Virat and Babar as greats of the game and while he said that its unfair to compare the duo at this stage, he feels that Azam has an edge over Kohli as far as their demeanors are concerned. According to veteran spinner, Babar’s calmness gives him an edge over Virat Kohli.
“Both are great players, with a great technique, and are mentally very strong. They have the hunger and passion to score lots of runs. Kohli is more aggressive while Babar is humble.” Saqlain Mushtaq told Cricket Pakistan.
“Babar’s calmness gives him an edge over Virat Kohli if we look at what sports science teaches us. But comparing Babar with Kohli is unfair because the latter has been performing for a very long time, all over the world,” he added.
Saqlain Mushtaq had recently hailed Virat Kohli as equivalent to ’11 players’
This statement from Saqlain Mushtaq comes right after his recent claim that he used to tell England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid that Virat Kohli is equivalent to 11 players while preparing them for the battle against the Indian legend.
“Yeh ek nahin, yeh gyarah hai (he is equal to 11 players). I would just tell them Virat’s wicket is like bowling out the entire Indian team. He is like XI players in one, you have to see him like that,” Saqlain Mushtaq said in an Instagram Live with Nikhil Naz.
“As a bowler you have to be clear in your mind. Yes, you have a world class player who is at the top of his game and does not face any issue against any type of spinner, be it left-arm, offie or a leggie. But I would tell them the pressure is more on him not you, as the whole world is watching him. You have to be clear in your mind,” he added.
Coming back to Babar Azam, the right-hander has impinged himself as one of the modern-day superstars courtesy his consistent performances in all formats of the game in the past 18 months.
However, statistically or otherwise, he still has a long way to go as far as leapfrogging Virat Kohli, who has more than 20,000 international runs and 70 hundreds to his name.