Comparing Babar Azam With Virat Kohli Makes No Sense: Misbah-Ul-Haq's Blunt Assertion On The Young Pakistani Star's Potential

When asked regarding the potential of Virat Kohli and Babar Aam, Misbah-ul-Haq made a blunt remark that there is no point in comparing the two players. He stated that Kohli has a lot of experience as he has played more cricket than Babar. Misbah-ul-Haq stated that Babar is ‘just starting’. He further adds, that only when Babar plays the number of matches like Virat, only then a comparison can be done. 

He further adds that Kohli has played a lot and at this point, no one can match his potential. Babar is a top-grade player and he possesses the ability and skill to achieve things like Kohli did, however, it will take time as it is the start of Babar’s career.  For now, comparing both the players ‘doesn’t make sense’,

Why Comparison is made between Babar Azam and Virat Kohli?

The consistency of Babar in all the formats led to his comparison with Virat Kohli. Babar’s consecutive winning of the  ODI Player of the Year title also sparked the comparison. 

Misbah gave his views on the comparison and said it is too early to compare them. Even the same statement was shared by another former Pakistan captain, Salman Butt. He said that comparing Virat Kohli and Babar Azam is like a parallel between Wasim Akram and Shaheen Afridi’. Salman said that it is too early to make a comparison. 

There is a huge difference in the career graph of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. While Virat is regarded as the modern-day great, Babar is regarded as the top-of-the-line batter. The main reason why both players are compared numerous times is their supreme consistency with batting. 

Kohli has made more than 24000 runs in international cricket. The maestro has made a staggering number of runs across all three formats. In 104 tests, Virat has scored 8119 runs. In 115 short-format games, he scored 4008 runs and in 271 ODIs, he scored 12809 runs. Furthermore, Virat has made 46 centuries in the ODIs. 

About Babar Amaz’s cricket career 

Babar Azam has represented Pakistan in 95 ODIs, 99 T20Is, and 47 test matches so far with an average of 59.4. 

Babar Azam became the ODI Player of the Year, in 2022 and has also won the title of ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year. He took the team to the T20 World Cup finals and the Asia Cup. Though the team faced defeats from England and Sri Lanka, their performance received praise.

Receiving the title of ODI Player of the Year second time consecutively, Babar matches the feat of Kohli who received the same title in 2017-2018. 

Babar Azam is indeed among the finest batters in contemporary cricket. He became the second-youngest captain after Imran Khan. Pakistan won the first-ever series in April 2021, in South Africa, under his leadership. He stands out for his notable stroke play and possesses the potential to make runs on all the ground. Besides being an exemplary batter, he is also an amazing fielder and is a valuable asset to the Pakistan cricket team. 

Misbah-ul-Haq has rightly dismissed the comparisons made between Babab Azam and Virat Kohli as it is truly not the right time to compare them. However, both of them are considered to be the greatest players of the modern era as both of them have their individual styles and have won numerous accolades over time for their batting. 

What is the net worth of Babar Azam?
As of 2023, the net worth of Babar Azam is $5 million which is around ₹40 crores. His major source earnings come from playing cricket matches, Pakistan Cricket Board endorsements, and advertisements. 
When and where was Babar Azam born?
Babar Azam was born on 15th October 1994 in Lahore Pakistan. 
When did Babar Azam become the captain of the Pakistan cricket team?
Babar Azam was declared the captain of Pakistan’s Test side on 10 November 2020. In August 2020, he became the captain of the Pakistan cricket team for all formats.