Misbah says comparing Babar with Virat ‘senseless’


ISLAMABAD:Reacting to frequently made comparisons between Indian batting great Virat Kohli and Pakistan Skipper Babar Azam, former Pakistan captain Misbah ul Haq has said both players are at different stages of their career and comparing them “doesn’t make sense”.

“There shouldn’t be a comparison between the two. Kohli has played a lot of cricket, Babar is just starting. When Babar will play the same amount of cricket, then you can make a comparison. Kohli has played more cricket, and no one can match him at the moment,” Misbah said to paktv.tv.

“Yes, Babar is a class player and he might achieve the same things as Kohli in the future, but at the moment, comparison between the two doesn’t make sense because it’s just a start for Babar,” he added.
Notably, Kohli, who didn’t score a ton for more than three years, ended his century drought last year in the Asia Cup against Afghanistan, which was his 1st hundred in T20Is.

It is pertinent to mention here that Babar on Thursday clinched the ICC men’s cricketer of the year award and also the ODI cricketer of the year prize for the second successive year. The 28-year-old batter, who has smashed 17 tons and 24 half-centuries in 95 ODI matches, led Pakistan to the finals of Asia Cup and T20 World Cup 2022.