It’s unfair to compare Babar Azam and Virat Kohli right now: Younis Khan


Karachi: Younis Khan, Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket believes that it would be unfair to compare Babar Azam and Virat Kohli right now.

The former captain said that Indian skipper is at the top of his powers whereas Babar, the newly-appointed ODI captain of Pakistan started playing competitive cricket just five years back.

“You see, Kohli – who is now 31 and at the peak of his career – has been in international cricket for over a decade now and has proved himself in all conditions. The 70 international centuries that he has scored is a testimony to his class and abilities,” Younis said while talking to Gulf news.

“Babar, on the other hand, made his international debut barely five years back. He already has 16 centuries under his belt and shows very good averages in both Tests and ODIs, but it will be unfair to start comparing the two right now. If you have to, compare Babar five years (from now) with the dominance that Kohli is showing in his game today,” he added.

However, Younis feels that Babar’s willingness to learn will take him far in his career. “Babar made his debut during the last two to three years of my career and I was really impressed by his humility. I have always felt that the more humble you are, you can achieve bigger goals in your life,” he maintained.

The 42-year-old backed Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision of appointing Babar as the ODI captain. “It’s one of the right decisions taken by PCB after a while. Though he may not look it, Babar is quite a resilient boy and he excelled in the T20 format even with the additional responsibility of captaincy,” he added.

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