As the upcoming Asia Cup 2023 draws near, Tom Moody has drawn parallels between Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam and India’s Virat Kohli. Both Babar and Kohli are prominent figures in contemporary cricket, each boasting an array of remarkable records and accomplishments. The comparison between these two stalwarts remains a focal point of discussion among cricket enthusiasts worldwide.
While Kohli stands second only to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in terms of international centuries, Babar Azam’s record is slightly distant from Kohli’s achievements. However, Azam has secured more T20I centuries than Kohli.
As of August 2023, Babar Azam holds the pinnacle of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Batting Rankings with a rating of 886 points, while Kohli claims the ninth spot with 705 rating points.
The much-anticipated clash between these cricketing icons is scheduled for September 2, 2023, at the Pallekele International Stadium in Sri Lanka, during the Asia Cup. Fans around the world eagerly await this match, as it offers yet another occasion to witness the exceptional prowess of these two extraordinary players.
Speaking to Star Sports, Moody highlighted the striking similarities between Babar and Kohli, noting that the Pakistan skipper possesses the ability to comprehend the game much like the Indian batting sensation. He expressed his anticipation for both players’ performances during the Asia Cup 2023, emphasizing their captivating playing styles.
Tom Moody remarked, “I think absolutely he is. He does remind me very much of Virat Kohli, the way he goes about his business. He plays authentic cricket shots. He seems to understand, read the game very well, which Kohli has done for over a decade.”
He further added, “He is a good chaser as well, like Virat Kohli has proven to be over many, many years. So, there’s so much likeness between the two and I wouldn’t go as far as saying that Virat is gonna have a better Asia Cup than Babar Azam, but they both can have equal pressure on them and it’s gonna be a delight to watch them both bat because they are box office.”