File image of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam together© Twitter
Babar Azam and Virat Kohli are currently two of the most talented batters in the world. Representing Pakistan and India, two countries where cricket is fervently followed, their popularity often peaks. Kohli came to the international scene much earlier than Babar and has several records to his name. However, Babar is quickly gaining pace and has broken several Kohli records. The captain of the Pakistan cricket team has the chance to break another record set by Kohli on Wednesday.
Kohli became the fastest batter to 3000 T20I runs during the England tour of India in 2021. He reached the goal in 81 innings. Babar has a chance to break that record in the fifth T20I against England in Karachi.
The 27-year-old Babar currently stands on 2,939 runs in 79 innings for Pakistan. So Babar has to score 61 runs in the fifth T20I to get past Kohli.
The former India captain recently praised Babar as “the best batsman in the world in all formats” and also said he is the kind of player who needs world cricket.
“The first interaction I had with him was the 2019 World Cup after the Manchester game. He and Imad (Wasim). I have known Imad since Under-19 cricket, we played against each other and Imad said Babar had a chat’ , Kohli said in a chat with Star Sports.
“We sat down and talked about the game. I saw a lot of respect and respect from him and that hasn’t changed, regardless of the fact that he is probably the best batsman in the world right now across all formats, performing so consistently,” said the former India skipper.
“And rightly so, he has amazing talent and I’ve always enjoyed watching him play. So that hasn’t changed. He’s performing now and he’s coming into his own, but I don’t see his attitude or his approach changing towards from me, which is a very good sign of someone very rooted in their upbringing,” Kohli continued.
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