Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram has weighed in on the Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam debate. Akram feels it is unfair to compare Babar Azam with Virat Kohli as Kohli has already established himself as one of the greats of the games while Babar still has a long way to go. However, he added that Babar is heading towards where Kohli stands at the moment.
He also said that Kohli has been the captain of India for a long time and has taken Indian cricket to great heights, while adding that Babar has just started his leadership reigns and still has a lot to prove.
“Virat Kohli is Virat Kohli. He has dominated world cricket, scored all those runs over these years. He has led India. Babar Azam has started captaining Pakistan only now. But as far his technique is concerned, is very good to watch and very consistent in all formats,” Akram said while speaking on Salaam Cricket.
“He is learning his captaincy, he is a quick learner. So, it’s unfair to compare those two now. But Babar is definitely heading towards the position where Virat Kohli is now,” he added.
Kohli and Babar will be in action when India and Pakistan lock horns in Dubai on October 24 in their 20-20 World Cup opener. Babar will be leading Pakistan for the first time in world events and will be keen to end Pakistan’s miserable record against India in World Cups. However, he will have a tough job on hand as India have shown ruthless form in the warm-ups, beating England and Australia comprehensively.