You can’t compare Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma with the class of Sachin and Dravid: Mohammad Yousuf
Talking about the debate between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, Yousuf said that the Indian batsman is the number one player in the world right now.
Updated - Apr 20, 2020 3:37 pm
Mohammad Yousuf has been in news for his comments regarding Pakistan national team. The former Pakistan batsman had made several remarks regarding the current head coach of the national team Misbah-ul-Haq. However, after attacking Misbah, Yousuf has again given his comments regarding the current lot of Indian players.
Mohammad Yousuf said that in the past top teams like India, Australia and South Africa had three of four quality players in their mix. He pointed out that India had the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh playing in the same XI. He further said the current players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma can’t be compared with the class of Sachin and Dravid.
“In the past, teams, such as India, Australia and South Africa, had 3-4 quality players in the side. India, for example, had players like [Rahul] Dravid, Sachin [Tendulkar], [Virender] Sehwag, [Sourav] Ganguly, [VVS] Laxman and Yuvraj Singh. These six batsmen were playing in a single team.
The current Indian team does not have such batsmen. You can’t compare the current players [such as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma] with the class of Sachin and Dravid,” said Yousuf during a TV show as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
Mohammad Yousuf heaps praise on Babar Azam
Talking about the debate between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, Yousuf said that the Indian batsman is the number one player in the world right now. Yousuf revealed that if Azam plays the way he is playing right now, he will also become the best player in the world.
Yousuf also said that he previously had some reservations regarding Azam. However, after the Australia tour, he is impressed with Azam performance. Yousuf also pointed out that Babar has started scoring heavily now even in the Test format.
“There is no doubt that Virat Kohli is the number one player in the world but if Babar Azam continues to improve, he will also go on to become the best player in the world,” he said. “I had my reservations, about his [Babar] performance in Test cricket, before the Australia tour. but he did really well there and is now scoring hundreds regularly in the longest format of the game.”