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Virat Kohli is a seasoned participant, barely higher that Babar Azam: Mohammad Azharuddin

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India Today Web Desk

Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin believes that star batter Virat Kohli is “slightly better” than the present Pakistan captain Babar Azam.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 28, 2023 22:19 IST

Virat Kohli is barely higher than Babar Azam: Mohammad Azharuddin (AFP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin opened up on the Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam debate, saying that the star Indian batter was a seasoned cricketer and barely higher than the Pakistan skipper.

Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam is a long-running debate on the planet of cricket. Since the Pakistan captain rose to prominence and started setting file after file, most of which included breaking or exceeding Kohli’s feat, a comparability between the 2 has been brewing amongst followers and consultants alike.

In his worldwide profession, Virat Kohli has amassed 24936 runs, together with 74 centuries and 129 half-centuries. Babar Azam, alternatively, has 11864 runs to his identify, with 28 centuries and 80 half-centuries.

“Kohli is a seasoned player. His numbers are huge. I feel it is always difficult to compare two players, but these are two very different players. But if you see, Kohli is slightly better,” Azharuddin was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

Despite the repeated comparisons between the 2 cricketers, Babar and Kohli get alongside nicely. The Pakistan captain had tweeted in assist of Kohli when the star Indian batter was on a century drought and going through widespread criticism for his efficiency. Later, through the 2022 Asia Cup, the 2 met once more, and the second went viral on social media.

“Babar is a very nice guy. I have always had good conversations with him. I am not sure about kinship since he is much younger to me, but there is respect. There is always respect,” Kohli later mentioned in an interview with Star Sports.

“He was always keen to learn. He spoke to me after our game in the 2019 World Cup. I have always said he is keen to learn, and there’s no surprise that he is playing like this in all formats of the game. He is obviously a very talented player,” he added.

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Jan 28, 2023