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The advent of social media has put common people into power and the worst effect of all this is the quick verdict and decisions floating all over. As soon as one gives a verdict, others are quick to follow and share it forward as on obligation.  To all those hasty deciders out there, as an English idiom suggests ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, likewise you can’t decide Babar Azam vs Virat Kohli on merely 31 ODI performances.

Babar Azam vs Virat Kohli

At the same time, one can’t negate the superb performances by the young Pakistani star. But a 31-ODI comparison of both the stars players in terms of Average, Centuries and Runs won’t be appropriate.  Meanwhile, if we compare Azam’s so far 9 Test matches performances then he looks far behind than King Kohli.

In short, those rating Pakistani star over Indian great are only blabbering as would be quite early to make any decision in this regard.

Babar Azam ODI Matches: 31*

Virat Kohli ODI Matches: 197*

Babar Azam vs Virat Kohli | 31 ODIs Detailed Review

The rising Pakistani star has played 31 ODIs so far in his career and people are proud to compare him with Virat Kohli’s first 31 ODIs.

Virat Kohli & Babar Azam after their first 31 ODI’s

  Matches Runs Average Centuries Fifties
Babar Azam 31 1455 53.8 5 6
Virat Kohli 31 1211 47.3 3 7

 

 Conclusions after 31 ODIs

  • 4 out of 5 centuries of Babar Azam came against West Indies.
  • 3 out of 5 centuries of Babar Azam came in UAE.
  • Virat Kohli scored his first 3 centuries against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Australia respectively.
  • 2 out of 3 centuries of Virat Kohli came in front of home crowd.
  • Virat Kohli after 31 ODIs averaged 47.3, whereas now after 197 ODIs he exactly averages 55.45.

With all these conclusion one thing is sure that  Azam is as good as Kohli on the paper but the question is will he be able to carry on with this form after getting into limelight or Pakistan will lose him soon like other contenders of wannabe- Virat Kohli’s, Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Akmal???

Comparison between Babar Azam & Virat Kohli after 9 Test Matches

Believe me, it will be an unforgettable record for the Babar Azam fans as even with playing 9 Test Matches he has no century to his name. Moreover, Pakistani star averages around 27.25 in Tests.

On the other hand, Indian star batsman had 2 centuries to his name after 9 Tests and also scored staggering 700+runs.

Babar Azam vs Virat Kohli after 9 Tests

  Matches Runs Centuries
Babar Azam 9 436 0
Virat Kohli 9 700+ 2

 

Babar Azam’s chaos in Tests arises several questions and also damages his repute to compete with modern great Virat Kohli. But yet it isn’t all over, there’s a long way to go for the Green Shirts promising star, and yes, of course, he can turn the charts upside down with his brilliance.

Amid all this, every of the cricketing fan needs to know that it will be a hasty decision to rank Azam equal to Kohli. He’s on the right track but the thing is that for how long he’ll be maintaining the similar class along with consistency.

Babar Azam on Comparison with Virat Kohli

“I don’t play like him, our styles are different. But I would also like to be as successful a performer like Virat Kohli is for his team. I want to contribute to my team’s good performances. I want to score when most required. I still have a long way to go but I know what my direction is,” Babar was quoted as saying by PTI.

 


Virat Kohli Age: 28-yrs

Babar Azam Age: 22-yrs

 

Virat Kohli ODI Ranking: 1st

Babar Azam ODI Ranking: 5th

 

Virat Kohli Test Ranking: 6th

Babar Azam Test Ranking: 99th

 

Virat Kohli T20I Ranking: 1st

Babar Azam T20I Ranking: 6th

 


Babar Azam Batting Video

Virat Kohli Batting Video