The debate among fans circling modern-day cricket has evolved from picking the best batsman to picking the better player between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. Babar’s steady rise over the past few years, both as a player and captain across formats, has given World Cricket Kohli’s aura, and many believe that Babar’s consistency has the ability to break and rewrite many records. While the world of cricket is divided by the debate, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has made a bold comment on Babar Azam ahead of the ODI World Cup going to be held in India this year.
Imran made a bold statement
Recently, in an interview, Imran Khan revealed that he has been away from the game for a while, but he feels that Virat Kohli and Babar Azam belong to the same class of batsmen, and he also expressed his opinion about the current Pakistan skipper. Based on what he has seen, the ex-cricketer firmly believes that the youngster can demolish Virat’s batting record.
Virat praised the youngster
In spite of being echeloned by the world of cricket, the two batsmen share a wonderful affinity off the field, which was highlighted last year through social media when Babar Azam showed support for Kohli’s batting struggles and posted a tweet for him. During last year’s Asia Cup, Kohli also praised the youngster and said that he is a great guy.
The former Indian skipper said in an interview that “I always have good conversations with him, there is always respect between us. The 34-year-old also remembered his first meeting with Babar during the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and said that “he was always eager to learn. He spoke to me after the game, and the way he always seeks learning, it is no wonder that he is playing well in all formats.
Babar broke records
Babar Azam was first added to the Pakistan squad in 2015 for a home series against Zimbabwe. He made his ODI debut in the third ODI and scored a splendid 54 runs off 60 balls. His spectacular debut earned him a place both in the ODI and test squads.
While scoring runs for the team, he also broke the record for “most runs by a batsman in a three-match ODI series. He scored 350 runs in the ODI series against the West Indies. When Babar debuted in the Test format, he scored 69 runs in his debut innings, which made him the first player to score 50 in his debut test.
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