Ian Bishop Says Virat Kohli And Babar Azam Remind Him Of This Indian Legend

Ian Bishop Says Virat Kohli And Babar Azam Remind Him Of This Indian Legend

Ian Bishop
Ian Bishop. Action Images via Reuters

Former West Indies Pacer Ian Bishop has laid the praise of highest level for the Indian captain Virat Kohli and Babar Azam by comparing them to an Indian cricketing legend. Virat Kohli is one of the greatest cricketers of the game — and has made his way to the top through his intense hard work and determination. He was the only cricketer to make it to Forbes’ list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020. Virat Kohli is currently ranked number one batsman in ODI and number two in test cricket.

Babar Azam has had marvellous two past years for Pakistan and has earned the number one rank of T20 batsman. He has an average of over 50 in ODI and T20s and a little over 45 in Tests. His Indian counterpart maintains an average of above 50 in all the formats of the game.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Indian national cricket team
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

They Play In Straight Lines Just Like He Did: Ian Bishop

Ian Bishop talked about Virat Kohli and Babar Azam reminding him of the great Sachin Tendulkar in an Instagram live session with former Zimbabwe pacer Pommie Mbangwa.

“Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, who in terms of the straight lines, you remember Sachin Tendulkar, there’s a reason why I think he was the best batsman I bowled to as he always played in the straight lines and these two guys (Kohli, Azam) present that,” Ian Bishop told Mbangwa during the interaction.

sachin tendulkar, Kapil Dev
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Sachin Tendulkar finished his career at 100  centuries and as the top run-scorer in ODI and Test Cricket. Virat Kohli is at 70 centuries and is still 31 years old, hence will soon catch up with Sachin Tendulkar’s record.

I Am Seeing A Fast Bowling Renaissance Right Now And It Excites Me

The West Indies‘ former pacer and Pommie Mbangwa also chatted about the current crop of fast bowlers. He said the new bowlers have hyped him with their exceptional talents.

“Jasprit Bumrah is a generational talent, the ability to adapt to all the formats is brilliant. Kagiso Rabada is someone I find impressive, the first time I saw him was in a T20 match and he was bowling to Keiron Pollard. I am seeing a fast bowling renaissance right now and it excites me,”said Ian Bishop

Ian Bishop, Sachin Tendulkar,
Ian Bishop. Image Credit: Getty Images.

He also praised England pacer Jofra Archer for his easiness with the ball. Babar Azam has been praised heavily around the world and is considered already in the likes of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith by the legends of the game as well as the fans. Virat Kohli has already established himself as an elite player and is idolised by many young cricketers.

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