There’s always been a comparison between the cricketers of two different generations or different playing nations. After the retirement of Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar has been rated as the ‘modern day’ Sunil. Living up to all the expectations, Sachin Tendulkar has surpassed Sunil Gavaskar in Test cricket and eventually emerged as the greatest cricketer of all time in Tests, and ODIs.
Post Sachin’s retirement, it was felt that it would be humanly impossible to surpass his records. But, the rise and rise of Virat Kohli has been posing severe threats to Sachin’s records and he’s on the verge of abolishing all the batting records by Sachin sooner than later.
Now, interestingly, a budding Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam has been compared to Virat Kohli and is being hailed as Virat Kohli of Pakistan.
The Pakistan cricketer’s attacking strokeplay and top form in all formats have seen him being compared to Kohli. The 24-year-old Azam averages more than 50 in ODI and T20s and is the fastest to reach 1,000 runs in the 20-over format.
In ODIs, his record after 59 matches is much better than that of Kohli at the same stage. Babar Azam has 2,462 runs and eight centuries after 59 matches. At that stage of his career, Kohli has 300 fewer runs and had scored five tons.
Unlike Babar, Virat Kohli made a relatively slow start and blossomed in the later part of his career, becoming one of the finest batsman of his generation and arguably of all time.
During a PSL 2019 event for his franchise Karachi Kings, Azam was asked about the comparisons and the talented batsman said it is too early for it.
“People keep comparing me to Virat Kohli. He is a very big player and I am not even close to him as of now. I have just started my career and he has already achieved a lot in his career. I have to reach that stage,” Azam said.