Compare me with Pakistan greats Miandad, Inzamam instead of Virat Kohli: Babar Azam

By: Mushtaq Bashir

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Irritated by consistent comparisons with Indian batting star and skipper Virat Kohli, Pakistan rising star and limited over format skipper Babar Azam has said that he should be compared with batting greats of Pakistan like Inzimam ul Haq, Javed Miandad, Younis Khan instead of Indian captain.

“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,” Babar Azam said during a video conference with reporters on Thursday.

Ever since the emergence of Azam the comparisons between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam started to gain momentum. The comparisons have been more consistent during COVID19 lockdown period as Pakistan appointed Babar it’s limited over format captain.

Babar is the number one ranked T20I batsman while Kohli is at the top spot in ODI rankings.

The 25-year-old Azam averages over 50 in ODI and T20Is and a little over 45 in Tests. Kohli, on the other hand, is the only batsman currently who averages over 50 in all three formats of the game.