Saqlain Mushtaq has weighed on the comparisons between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, reckoning the Pakistan batsman has an edge over the India captain. Babar and Kohli are two of the best batsmen of the present technology and of late there have been loads of parallels drawn between the 2. Although Saqlain feels each batsmen are mentally fairly sturdy, he believes there may be one facet the place Babar scores over Kohli.
“Both are great players, with a great technique, and are mentally very strong. They have the hunger and passion to score lots of runs,” Saqlain advised Cricket Pakistan.
“Kohli is more aggressive while Babar is humble. Babar’s calmness gives him an edge over Virat Kohli if we look at what sports science teaches us. But comparing Babar with Kohli is unfair because the latter has been performing for a very long time, all over the world.”
Saqlain isn’t the primary former Pakistan participant to have debated on the similarities and variations between Kohli and Babar. Last month, former captain Younis Khan had identified that it might not be the precise time to attract parallels between the 2 batsmen as Babar began his profession lengthy after Kohli.
Kohli, 31, made his restricted-overs debut in 2008, three years earlier than he acquired his maiden Test cap in 2011. Babar, alternatively, is six years youthful than Kohli and made his debut for Pakistan in 2015, a time when the India captain was starting to peak.
Kohli is among the few batsmen on the planet to common over 50 in all three codecs, however Babar isn’t behind, averaging 54.17 in ODIs, 50.72 in T20Is and 45.12 in Tests, regardless that there’s a distinction of 300 worldwide matches between them.