Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain and pace bowler has said that though Pakistan batting mainstay Babar Azam is an exceptional talent but he needs to be consistent to be compared to India captain Virat Kohli.
Babar Azam is the only player to be among the top five ICC rankings across all formats isn’t as experienced as Virat Kohli having debuted much later in 2015. He has featured in 29 Tests, 76 ODIs and 41 T20Is where he averages 45.45, 54.84 and 49.93 respectively.
Wasim Akram : Babar Azam Is Exceptional And Showed Excellence But In Patches
Former Pakistan skipper and legendary pace bowler Wasim Akram has said that though Pakistan’s batsman Babar Azam is exceptional but he need to be consistent to be compared to India captain Virat Kohli. Babar Azam has 5 Test and 11 ODI centuries whereas Virat Kohli has 70 centuries having debuted in 2008 for India.
“I wouldn’t like to make any comparison but having said that, I would like to add that Babar Azam is an exceptional talent, he has shown his excellence in all formats, but in patches. I would be very happy if he can see the comparison positively and becomes consistent in his performance like Kohli,” he told ANI.
Babar Azam was the leading Test run-scorer for Pakistan in both 2018 and 2019, leading ODI scorer for the team in 2016, 2017 and 2019 and 2nd highest T20I scorer of the world in 2017 and leading scorer for the team in 2019.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has featured in 86 Tests, 248 ODIs and 82 T20Is where he averages 53.63, 59.34 and 50.8 respectively which is comparatively more than Babar Azam.
Wasim Akram Wished Pakistan Youngsters To Be Part Of Indian Premier League
Wasim Akram who will be part of the Galle Gladiators’ franchise in the Lanka Premier League also said that he wishes to see India and Pakistan players featuring in each others T20 leagues.
“I have always believed that sports shouldn’t be a victim of politics but that is a government subject of both countries and it won’t be apt for me to say anything. But as you said in the question itself, yes IPL is one of the most competitive domestic leagues in the cricketing world and I wish Pakistan youngsters get to be a part of it and I also wish to see Indian players playing in PSL,” he said.
On being asked about the future of sports in the aftermath of coronavirus, he mentioned that there is a rise in spectators as they are hungry to watch the live-action.
“The opening match of the IPL this season was watched by approximately 20 crore people making it the most-watched opening day in any sporting league ever. Sri Lanka too has been devoid of any sporting events during this period, so what better way than to embrace the new normal with the most loved sports in the country. I have no doubt that response of fans to events like this is a huge boost to the sports and the organizers,” he pointed.
Several sporting events were cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 including the proposed T20 World Cup which was scheduled in Australia in 2020 but was postponed to 2021 in India while IPL too was postponed and moved abroad due to rising coronavirus cases in India