‘Virat mere dil ke bohot karib hai…’: PAK legend joins Kohli vs Babar debate | locust
Ever since Babar Azam rose to fame with consistent performances in all three formats, he has been compared to Indian Virat Kohli. Watching Kohli Cream a classic cover reader is a visual treat for all cricket fans. Labeled as one of the best hitters to play the shot, he’s often compared to Babar, who also has classy cover in his arsenal. Both have enjoyed phenomenal spells in world cricket, leading to the much publicized ‘Kohli vs. Babar’ debate. Comparisons between them abound as fans continue to provide stats to prove who is better between the two.
Former Pakistani cricketer and current head coach Saqlain Mushtaq gave his verdict on the two batters while addressing sports cricket. When asked to name his pick, he chose Babar but gave a special message to Kohli. “Certainly Babar kahunga… but Virat mere dil ke bohot karib hai (I will definitely choose Babar, but Virat is close to my heart),” he said.
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Legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya has also shared his opinion on the two prolific cricketers. “I love Virat Kohli. He is my favorite player and also my son’s favorite player,” he said.
Ahead of the T20 Asia Cup, Babar took social media by storm with his heartfelt tweet for Kohli, who has witnessed a long period of leanness in world cricket. He hasn’t scored an international ton since November 2019 before hitting the triple digit mark against Afghanistan on Thursday.
It was Kohli’s 71st international ton – his first ever in a T20 for India – after a gap of 1,020 days. He finished his dry run with the bat to score two successive half-centuries and then an unbeaten 122 on 61 balls in the T20 Asia Cup.
Kohli entered the competition after a month-long break from touring the West Indies and Zimbabwe. He also spoke of mental struggles in his lean period and only former captain MS Dhoni contacted him when he stepped down as India’s Test captain.
“I was a little shocked because it was the format I least expected in a century, but it’s God’s blessing,” the 33-year-old said after scoring the elusive 71st cent .
“I worked hard and it was just a very special moment for me and for the team as well.” I was batting pretty well and contributing, but it didn’t feel good enough. »