Pakistan’s legendary off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq feels that Babar Azam has one supreme quality that gives him an edge over Virat Kohli.
Kohli & Babar Azam are the backbone of their teams batting line-ups. While the Indian skipper is regarded as one of the best batsmen of the modern generation his Pakistani counterpart who is leading the side in white-ball cricket has made a sharp rise in the list. Pakistan’s legendary off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq feels that Babar Azam has one single quality that gives him an edge over Kohli.
By comparing both the outstanding players, Saqlain highlighted the common things among both the players which makes them so special. Praising both the players Saqlain said both Kohli and Azam have great batting technique and they match each other’s hunger and passion for the game.
“Both are great players, with a great technique, and are mentally very strong. They have the hunger and passion to score lots of runs,” Saqlain told Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview. However, the off-spinner says that Babar Azam’s “calmness” gives him an edge over Kohli who is comparatively “more aggressive”. To validate his point Mushtaq said that his reason is based on what “sports science teaches us”.
“Kohli is more aggressive while Babar is humble. Babar’s calmness gives him an edge over Virat Kohli if we look at what sports science teaches us,” said Mushtaq, who was appointed as Pakistan’s Head of International Player Development in May this year.
However, in terms of records, there is no doubt that Kohli’s achievements are more than 25-year old Babar Azam who still has a long journey ahead of himself.