Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar stated that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is far ahead of his Pakistani counterpart, Babar Azam. However, Akhtar also reckoned that Babar will catch up soon if he keeps up with his current rate of scoring runs.
Ahead of the all-important T20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan, Akhtar spoke about the skippers of the teams. This tournament will be Kohli’s first and last T20 tournament as a skipper as he has decided to relinquish his captaincy after the conclusion of the event.
“Virat Kohli is far bigger and his records are proof of that. Babar is just catching up, but he is a very exciting talent and a classical player. His drives are joyful to watch. Babar has proved his mettle across the formats,” Akhtar was quoted as saying on Zee News.
“It will be a very exciting match between India and Pakistan” – Shoaib Akhtar
The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ further revealed that the match will be enthralling just like every other match between the two sides are. The arch-rivals face each other only in ICC tournaments and tomorrow’s match will be one to savor for everyone involved.
“I feel sorry for Kohli, as he is not the luckiest captain for India, but it will be a very exciting match between India and Pakistan as two of the greatest batsmen and two of the greatest captains will be in front of each other, and that too in front of a big crowd,” Akhtar added.
India takes on Pakistan tomorrow at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both teams will be keen to get the better of the other and more importantly, start the tournament on a winning note.