Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin weighs in, saying that Virat Kohli is marginally better than Babar Azam in terms of cricket ability. The 59-year-old said that Kohli is a seasoned campaigner with enormous numbers to back up his skill, and hence he now ranks ahead of Pakistan’s skipper.
Azharuddin, on the other hand, said that he has a very excellent connection with Babar Azam and that he much respects the 28-year-old.
“Kohli is a seasoned campaigner. His numbers are enormous. It’s usually tough to compare two players, but these two are incredibly different. “However, as you can see, Kohli is somewhat better,” Azhar remarked.
“Babar is a really kind person. I’ve always had pleasant chats with him. I’m not sure about kinship since he’s a lot younger than me, but there is respect. There is always respect,” the former Indian captain stated during a discussion with Cricket Pakistan on the sidelines of the International League T20 in the UAE.
Azharuddin praised the 34-year-old, saying that Virat Kohli is so talented that he can contribute in all three forms of the game. He also praised him, adding that the top-order batsman is always eager to learn and that he is a very skilled player.
“He was constantly eager to learn new things. He approached me after our match in the 2019 World Cup. I’ve always maintained he’s eager to learn, and it’s no surprise that he’s doing so in all forms of the game. He is clearly a gifted player,” Azharuddin observed.
Notably, since his international debut in 2008, Virat Kohli has scored 24936 runs across all forms. He has 74 centuries in international cricket, which is the second-highest in the game’s history. Babar Azam, on the other side, has amassed 11864 runs throughout his career, including 28 centuries.