On Thursday, Pakistan’s ODI team captain Babar Azam said that he wants to be compared to players from his country rather than team India skipper Virat Kohli. The comparison between Babar and Kohli has risen over the last two years owing to the similar styles of both the batsmen.
Speaking about the same Babar said, “If you want to compare me with someone, I would like to be compared to Pakistan’s players, instead of Virat Kohli. We have had legends like Javed Miandad, Younis Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq. If you compare me to these legends, I will like it more and feel proud of my accomplishments.”
For the unversed, Babar Azam is the number one batsman in the ICC T20I batsmen ranking. On the other hand, Virat Kohli holds the top position in the ICC ODI batsmen rankings.
The 25-year old fiery Pakistan batsman averages over 50 in ODI and T20Is and a little over 45 in Tests. Babar is a part of the 20-member Pakistan squad that tested negative for COVID-19 last month and arrived in England for the three-match Test series against the host nation.
Pakistan will be facing England for three T20 International matches as well. The schedule for the T20I series has not been announced yet.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, all international cricket matches and domestic leagues got called-off. And ICC is resuming the cricketing activities slowly with different sets of rules that must be followed by the players and everyone else.
England will take on West Indies in the three-match Test series, beginning July 8, marking the return of international cricket.