Former Indian cricketer and present commentator Aakash Chopra recently praised the Pakistan limited-overs captain Babar Azam. However, Chopra has also pointed out why Babar is currently far behind the Indian captain Virat Kohli.
While the 31-year-old Virat Kohli has set a great example of consistency in the batting and fitness which he has maintained for a long time, the 25-year-old Babar Azam has also impressed in a similar way.
The no.1-ranked ODI batsman, no.2-ranked Test batsman and no.10-ranked T20I batsman Kohli has maintained the 50+ batting average in every international format. He has scored 7240 runs in 86 Tests (average 53.62), 11867 runs in 248 ODIs (average 59.33) and 2794 runs in 82 T20Is (average 50.80). The right-handed batsman is currently the most run-scorer in T20I history.
On the other hand, Babar is currently the no.1-ranked T20I batsman, no.3-ranked ODI batsman and no.5-ranked Test batsman as he has maintained the batting average over 45 in every international format. The right-handed batsman has scored 1850 Test runs in 26 matches (average 45.12), 3359 ODI runs in 74 matches (average 54.17) and 1471 T20I runs in 38 matches (average 50.72).
Virat Kohli is older and started cricket before Babar Azam: Aakash Chopra
Praising the Pakistan limited-overs captain, Aakash Chopra also clarified that the age-gap is the main reason why Kohli is far ahead of Babar. While Kohli has shown his greatness in the game for a long time by handling huge pressures, Babar will have to maintain his present incredible consistency in a similar way by facing further challenges.
Chopra told former Pakistan cricketer Tanvir Ahmed on his YouTube channel, “Babar Azam is an exciting talent. There is no doubt about that. It is also true that Virat Kohli is very far ahead in this race. He is older and started cricket before Azam. Virat’s name is already included in the conversation of all-time greats.
“Azam has the necessary skills to reach that level. But the real question is whether he will be able to reach those heights as it depends on many things such as discipline, injuries, form and several other factors which will come along as time moves on.”
Chopra further added that Kohli succeeded to climb up the success ladder continuously without facing many huge downfalls due to his incredible passion for the game.
Chopra added, “Talent can only take you to a place but you ought to have that incredible passion that drives you forward. Virat did not have that from the start but gained it along the way.”
Recently, Babar claimed that he would be happy to be compared with the top-class Pakistan batsmen rather than his comparison with Kohli.