Legendary Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar shared his thoughts on the comparison between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Pakistani captain Babar Azam. Kohli is one of the best batsmen of contemporary cricket as he rules the game in the various formats. At the moment he is the only batsman to average 50 plus in all three forms.
On the other hand, Babar also climbed the excellent ladders and became the favorite batsman of several fans around the world. Many former cricketers are impressed by Babar’s remarkable consistency in the game.
Akhtar said the two players should not be compared as it is completely wrong and unfounded. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ reckons that the Indian superstar would achieve another 30 tons to reach the magic figure of 100 international centuries in the coming years. Akhtar said he wants to see Kohli score at least 110 hundreds.
“Virat has what … 70 centuries in international cricket, right. In the next five years he will get thirteen more, and I want him to get 120 centuries, or at least 110. See, with these many runs, who can be compared to him? The debate itself is wrong. And Babar is coming through now. It is really good that there is healthy competition, ” Akhtar told Sports Branch.
The 45-year-old went on to talk about how Babar can expand his game to catch up with his Indian counterpart. The former international has stated that Babar must continue to show the greatest consistency, and that he will definitely become the greatest Pakistani batsman of all time, but whether he can improve Kohli can only be decided in ten years.
‘If Babar has to beat Virat and surpass him, he will have to chase more runs and play the kind of innings that Kohli has. There is no doubt that Babar Azam could probably be the biggest batsman of Pakistan but it will take time. We will judge Kohli and Babar after ten years where they stand, ” Akhtar added.