The cricket fraternity stands split in regards to comparing Babar Azam and Virat Kohli. But, former Pakistan Younis Khan reckons the time might not be appropriate to draw parallels between both batsmen since Babar began his career-long following Kohli.
Having a gap of nearly 300 international matches, the simple fact that folks cite Babar and Kohli at precisely the same sentence might be a morale boost for the Pakistan batsman, however, Younis indicates for its comparisons to make sense that the entire world might need to wait somewhat longer.
“You see, Kohli - who’s now 31 and in the summit of his livelihood - has been in international cricket for more than a decade now and has established himself in all states. The 70 global centuries he has scored is a testimony to his course and skills,” Younis told Gulf News.
He has 16 centuries under his belt and reveals quite good averages in both Tests, and ODIs, but it’ll be unfair to begin comparing both right now. In case you must compare Babar five decades hence using the dominance that Kohli is revealing in his game now.”
Kohli is among the very few batsmen in the world to common over 50 in all three formats, but Babar is not supporting, averaging 54.17 in ODIs 50.72 at T20Is, and 45.12 in Tests. Younis, who watched a little Babar batting to the end of his career, enjoys whatever he has seen of the batsman and is impressed with all the newly-appointed Pakistan captain.
“Babar made his debut during the previous two to three decades of my profession and that I was impressed with his humility. I’ve always believed that the more humble you’re, you can achieve larger goals in your own life,” Younis added.
“It is among those ideal decisions accepted by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after some time. Although he may not seem, Babar is rather a resilient boy, and he excelled at the T20 format despite the further duty of captaincy. This surely showed he was ready for bigger items, although it would be a significant challenge as captaincy from the 50-overs game needs much more thinking.”