To extend all the debate and comparison surrounding Babar Azam and Virat Kohli, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has tipped him on how to be like the India captain. Babar Azam is the talk of the town whenever Pakistan plays. It is as Babar Azam has shouldered the burden of scoring runs for Pakistan across format with ease.
As a result, he is compared with the likes of one of the finest cricketers of the generation Virat Kohli. His success in international cricket has bore fruits for him with his board further appointing him as the captain of the limited-overs side.
Ahead of the second Test between England and Pakistan, Shahid Afridi said that if Babar wants to be like any of the top notch players then he should learn to convert his fifties into hundreds.
“He is very talented – the backbone of the team – but needs to score big runs,” Afridi told BBC Sport.
“If Babar wants to become like Root, Kohli, Australia’s Steve Smith or South African AB de Villiers then he needs to convert his fifties into hundreds,” Afridi added.
Babar Azam scored 69 runs in the first Test against England but could not convert his start to a big score. Azam has scored at an average of 45 in the longest format and over 50 in the limited-overs, which says a lot about his batting. Whereas Virat Kohli averages over 53 in Tests and nearly 60 in ODIs at present.
Following the Test series, Pakistan will play T20I series against England which is slated to get underway from August 28 at Old Trafford. The remaining two matches will be played at the same venue on the 30th and September 1.