'Virat Kohli is with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar' - Former Pakistan batsman Mudassar Nazar feels Babar Azam still needs time to grow

‘Virat Kohli is with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar’ – Former Pakistan batsman Mudassar Nazar feels Babar Azam still needs time to grow

Babar is a part of the Pakistan side which is set to tour England for three Tests and as many T20Is.

Virat Kohli and Babar Azam
Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

There has been no looking back for Babar Azam after breaking into the national side. Pakistan’s limited-overs’ skipper has impressed everyone with his batting technique and consistency across all formats. 25-year-old Babar is a rare kind of a player who has proved his mettle in all forms of the sport.

Babar Azam averages a staggering 54.18 in the ODIs after playing 74 matches and has amassed 3359 runs so far with 11 centuries and 15 fifties. His consistency in the shortest format of the game is also stunning. He has mustered 1471 runs in just 38 innings in the T20Is with as many as 13 half-centuries.

While continuing his run-scoring spree, Babar has paved his way to becoming one of the modern-day greats. Naturally, Babar’s rise has led to him being compared with India stalwart Kohli. Like Babar, Kohli has also emerged as a rock-solid pillar of Indian cricket over the past few years.

Amid all the comparisons between both the stars, there’s no doubt over their calibre. Kohli and Babar are currently an indispensable part of their national sides. Former Pakistan batsman Mudassar Nazar, while comparing Babar and Kohli, said that there’s still a long way to go for the Pakistan stalwart.

Babar will continue to grow and become a great: Mudassar Nazar

According to Nazar, Kohli is someone who is in the ranks of Sachin Tendulkar. While terming Babar as a national hero, Nazar said that he will take time before becoming a great.

In an interview with PakPassion.net, Mudassar Nazar stated, “Pakistan supporters dearly need a hero they can believe in and I feel that Babar Azam has all the capabilities to make them happy.

For some strange reason, many keep on comparing him to Virat Kohli which is nonsense because right now, the only comparison of Kohli is with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar. Babar will continue to grow and become a great himself, but it will take time.”

Babar is a part of the Pakistan side which is set to tour England for three Tests and as many T20Is. The series will be one-of-a-kind for the Men in Green it will be their first assignment amid the coronavirus pandemic.