Time and again, Pakistan star Babar Azam has been compared with India superstar Virat Kohli. Every batsman who has been doing well in recent times gets compared with Kohli, arguably the best batsman in the world right now. And it not be wrong to say that no other player has been compared to Kohli more than Babar in recent times. Every now and then, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur comes up with the comparison while the Pakistani fans do not remain far behind either.
Kohli has set the bench higher with his stunning displays in international cricket. Irrespective of the format and the conditions, Kohli has scored all over the world with unbelievable consistency. Earlier this year, he became the first man to win all three ICC awards. Kohli was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year. In 2018, Kohli was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year. In doing so, he became only the third man to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year twice and the second to win it in consecutive years.
Kohli had a sensational 2018 scoring 11 international hundreds – 6 in ODIs and 5 in Tests. In 2018, Kohli scored 1202 runs in 14 ODIs. In 13 Tests, Kohli scored 1322 runs including 593 in the five-Test series against England. Besides, Virat Kohli was also named captain of the ICC’s Test and ODI Teams of the Year. The 30-year old has already scored more than 10,000 runs in ODIs and is the second leading centurion in ODIs with 39 tons to his name.
On the other hand, Babar has started his international cricket in a promising manner too. Last year, he broke Kohli’s record to become the fastest to 1,000 runs in T20Is. He is also the joint-fastest to 1,000 ODI runs.
Not surprises then that the whole of Pakistan just cannot get tired of comparing Babar with Kohli. However, Babar himself feels otherwise and his comments are bound to make his fans respect him even more.
Watch the video to find out Babar’s views on being compared with Kohli: