- Oct 4, 2023
- Mar 10, 2023
India and Pakistan have always had great cricket players coming out of both countries. The cricketing world has marveled over the amazing feats of the players from the subcontinent. Among them Virat Kohli and Babar Azam have stood out at present. Kohli is one of the best batters to watch in India and Babar is delighted to look at when in full flow. There has always been a debate as to who is the greater of the two.
The debate has been raging on. Imran Khan the former Pakistan captain made a slightly bizarre comment ahead of the 2023 ODI World Cup saying, “I haven’t recently seen cricket, but I believe that Virat Kohli and Babar Azam belong to the same class. Babar Azam can surpass Virat Kohli; he is that good, from what I have seen,” quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
If we talk about the relationship between the two individuals, the two batters appreciate each other’s craft. When it comes to ODI’s Kohli has scored 12898 runs in 50 over cricket. He has an average of 57.32 and a strike rate of 93.62. The former Indian captain has scored 65 fifties and 46 hundreds. He has the highest score of 183. When it comes to Babar, he has amassed 5089 runs at an average of 59.27 and at a strike rate of 89.24. The Pakistan skipper has 18 hundreds and 26 fifties with the highest score of 158.
In 2022 when Kohli was going through a bad patch of form Babar gave his support on social media. Kohli was nothing but all praise for the 28-year-old. He said: “Babar is a very nice guy. I have always had good conversations with him. I am not sure about kinship since he is much younger to me, but there is respect. There is always respect.” Kohli said in an Asia Cup interview in 2022.
“He was always keen to learn. He spoke to me after our game in the 2019 World Cup. I have always said he is keen to learn, and there’s no surprise that he is playing like this in all formats of the game. He is obviously a very talented player,” Kohli added when he recounted how the two batters met for the first time in England during the 2019 ODI World Cup.