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Shaheen Afridi Settles Babar Azam And Virat Kohli Debate With 3 Words
By CricShots - Jun 18, 2022 2:57 pm
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There has often been a long-standing debate regarding who is a better batter between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam and it has grown hotter by the day with the Pakistan captain’s tremendous run of form across formats in international cricket. And now Babar Azam’s teammate, Shaheen Shah Afridi, has joined the bandwagon to make an attempt to settle the debate. 

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Babar Azam and Virat Kohli

Shaheen Afridi may have made his international debut under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed in 2018, but he has witnessed some great heights under the captaincy of Babar Azam in all formats of the game. He has closely watched the Pakistan stalwart rise to fame and break umpteen records in international cricket.

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Meanwhile, Shaheen’s only meeting with Kohli was in the 2021 T20 World Cup tie in Dubai on October 24. The then India captain had managed to stop Shaheen’s onslaught at the start of the innings with a six-over long-off, but the Pakistan fast bowler eventually got the better of Kohli at the fag end of the innings.

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Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen’s 3 for 41 against India in that game, followed by a phenomenal unbeaten opening partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan helped Pakistan beat India for the first time ever in a World Cup meeting. The 10-wicket win also remains Pakistan’s biggest win by a margin in T20 cricket.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo during a rapid-fire round, Shaheen Afridi was asked to pick between Kohli and Babar and he came up with an interesting reply. He said, “I like both, yeah”.

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Shaheen Afridi was also asked to pick between teammate Rizwan and Jos Buttler and he chose his teammate. When asked to pick between IPL and PSL, the southpaw pacer picked the latter.

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