Former Pakistan captain and batting great Inzamam-ul-Haq said Babar Azam can do even better than what he has done so far, saying greater things are in store for the young batsman.
Inzamam-ul-Haq shed light on the comparison between Babar and Kohli, saying the Pakistan’s newly-appointed captain is ahead if the two batsmen’s initial days are taken into consideration.
Babar Azam, who made his debut in 2015, has evolved into one of the finest modern-day batsmen going around. In 26 Tests, Babar has scored 1850 runs and 3359 from 74 ODIs and 1471 from 38 T20Is. Babar, who is the No. 1-ranked T20I batsman, is among the top 10 across all 3 formats.
Babar averages over 50 in limited-overs format and 45.12 in Tests. Kohli, on the other hand, made his debut in 2008 and amassed over 6000 runs at a cumulative average of 46.38 in his first 5 years in international cricket.
Babar has often been compared with Kohli, given the two batsmen have been dominating the run-scoring charts in the recent past.
“In just a few years he has achieved a lot and I know he can do even better than what he has done so far,” Inzamam told Geo Super.
“Kohli has been playing for 10 years while Babar’s been here for three, four years but if you compare the initial days of Babar and Kohli, you’ll see Babar is ahead.”
Babar himself reiterated that he doesn’t want to be compared with Kohli during an online interaction with reports from the UK. Babar is part of the Pakistan squad that has reached England for a 3 Tests and as many T20Is scheduled in August-September.
“I don’t want to be compared with Virat Kohli. It would be better if people compare me with one of the Pakistani legends like Javed Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf or Younis Khan,” Babar said.
Sacking Sarfaraz as captain was premature: Inzamam
Meanwhile, Inzamam urged Pakistan team management and selectors to give Babaer a long run as captain. The batting great said it was premature to sack Sarfaraz Ahmed after the 2019 World Cup exit and that the former skipper was under tremendous pressure during Pakistan’s campaign in England.
“A captain is responsible for everything inside the boundary and he [Babar] should be empowered enough to call the shots,” Inzamam said.
“Sarfaraz kept the team number one in T20, won the champions trophy, won other matches too, which proves that he was an able captain. Form can come and go but it was premature to remove a captain who had won us so much.
“If the captain starts getting messages that he can be dropped, that itself triggers his plight. At times the captain’s focus is also on others’ performances. That and the pressure can affect the captain’s own performance
“Even during the World Cup, he [Sarfaraz] was under pressure that if the team does not do well, he’d be removed.
How can a player deliver and fight on the field when there is so much pressure?”