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Former Pakistan Cricketer Fuels Virat Kohli-Babar Azam Debate

Aaqib Javed said the Pakistan captain has no weakness in his batting.

Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are two of the modern greats of this generation of cricketers. Both are captains of their respective international teams and role models in ways more than one. Both are also a part of the Fab 5 including Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith. Meanwhile, former Pakistan cricketer Aaqib Javed has taken a jibe at Kohli saying that Babar is a better batsman than him and that the Indian skipper can learn a lot from him.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed feels Kohli is slightly lacking in terms of technique, an area where he feels Babar has the edge over the Indian captain. In fact, Javed drew parallels between Babar and the great Sachin Tendulkar, explaining how similar to the former India batsman, the Pakistan captain has no weakness in his batting.

Virat Kohli Has Better Range Compared To Babar Azam: Aaqib Javed

“Virat Kohli has a better range [of shots] as compared to Babar Azam but he also has one area of weakness. If the ball swings, he tends to get trapped around the off-stump such as against [James] Anderson in England,” Javed told Cricket Pakistan in an interview.

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Meanwhile, the former Pakistan cricketer has lauded Babar for taking over the reins of former Pakistan cricketers like Mohammad Yusuf, Younis Khan, Inzamam Ul-Haq and others. Javed feels if he can keep scoring runs at the same pace and frequency, he can surpass Kohli in terms of runs and other records.

“During the past two or three years, Babar Azam is 50 percent of Pakistan’s batting. I never thought that he would be this consistent and even go past Virat Kohli [in ODI rankings]. Pakistan is very lucky; he came when the team was struggling and has single-handedly put the team on the right track. Even, captaincy hasn’t affected his form,” Javed explained.

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Anshuman Roy

A cricket and sports enthusiast having previously worked with Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint and now with Cricfit.
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