Former Indian batsman and commentator Akash Chopra believes that Pakistani batsman Babar Azam has the ability to reach the level of Virat Kohli. Chopra said this on the YouTube channel of former Pakistani cricketer Tanveer Ahmed.
Akash said that there is no doubt that Azam has a lot of talent, but he will take a long time to reach Kohli’s level. Virat is older than him and started playing cricket before the Pakistani batsman. Kohli’s name is already in the list of all-time great batsmen.
Passion is necessary to achieve high status in sports: Akash
Chopra said that Azam has the necessary skills to reach Kohli’s level. But the question is whether he will be able to reach that point, because it depends on a lot of things. Such as discipline, form and injury. He further said that talent is used to take you to a level, but to achieve higher than that, you must have passion for sports. Virat also did not have it from the beginning, but he achieved it.
Azam recently said that he does not like his comparisons with Kohli, but wants him to be compared to Pakistan’s great batsmen.
Virat scored more centuries than Babar in ODIs
If we talk about the ODI records of both batsmen, then Babar Azam does not stay around Virat Kohli either. Kohli has so far scored 11867 runs in 248 ODIs at an average of 59.33. The Indian captain has scored 43 centuries and 58 half-centuries in this format.
At the same time, Babar Azam has played only 74 ODIs so far. In this, he scored 3359 runs at an average of 54.17. This Pakistani player is far behind Virat in terms of scoring a century. Azam has scored 11 centuries in ODIs.