On Sunday, former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan called comparing Kohli and Azam unfair, He said that it’s too early to compare Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. Younis Khan shares how Kohli has been consistently performing for over a decade, while Babar Azam has been at the international stage for half the time.
Gulf News quoted Younis Khan saying, “You see, Kohli – who is now 31 and at the peak of his career – has been in international cricket for over a decade and has proved himself in all conditions. The 70 international centuries that he has scored is a testimony to his class and abilities.”
He added, “Babar, on the other hand, made his international debut barely five years back. He already has 16 centuries under his belt and shows very good averages in both Tests and ODIs, but it will be unfair to start comparing the two right now. If you have to, compare Babar five years (from now) with the dominance that Kohli is showing in his game today.”
Younis Khan also expressed his happiness on seeing Babar’s humility. He shared how Azam’s eagerness to learn will take him far.
“Babar made his debut during the last two to three years of my career. I was really impressed by his humility. I have always felt that the more humble you are, you can achieve bigger goals in your life. It’s a young team that he has to lead. Though there could be a few players senior in age to him. He has to be protective about the team and take it forward,” he said.
According to the latest ICC Rankings, The Indian skipper takes up the number 1 spot in ODIs. He is followed up by his deputy in Rohit Sharma. Recently appointed Pakistan skipper batsman Babar Azam sits behind the Indian duo claiming the number 3 spot. Moving onto the T20s, Babar Azam sits at the number one spot in the T-2o rankings. However, Indian captain Virat Kohli currently occupies the 10th spot with KL Rahul ranked 2nd.