In a recent interview, Imran Khan made a statement that ignited the already-heated Babar Azam Vs. Virat Kohli rivalry. Imran Khan, the renowned cricketing icon and current Prime Minister of Pakistan, is often recognized for his propensity to make controversial statements, whether they pertain to cricket or politics. He expressed his belief that Babar Azam has the potential to surpass the legendary Virat Kohli by the time he concludes his career in international cricket. This isn’t the first occasion on which Imran Khan has made such a statement; a few months ago, he criticized the BCCI in an unwarranted manner.
Imran Khan’s Statement
Imran Khan said, “I haven’t recently seen cricket, but I believe Virat Kohli and Babar Azam belong to the same class. Babar Azam can surpass Virat Kohli; he is that good, from what I observed.” These remarks from the former cricketing great will only increase the already heightened expectations from the captain of the Pakistan cricket team. Babar Azam has showcased his skill and class all over the world for the last few years, and he surely has the potential to end up as one of the all-time greatest.
Virat Kohli Acknowledges Babar Azam’s Reign
Interestingly, Imran Khan’s claim finds support in a statement made by Virat Kohli himself during the Asia Cup last year. Kohli acknowledged Babar’s talent by saying, “He (Babar) is probably the best player in the world right now.“
Mutual Respect Between The Two Greats
Moreover, the mutual admiration between Babar Azam and Virat Kohli adds an intriguing layer to their rivalry. Babar has always spoken highly of Kohli and often referred to him as his favorite player. While talking to the PCB, Babar Azam revealed how a tip that he received from Virat Kohli to focus more on net sessions and approach it as an actual game helped him in recent years.
The Babar vs. Virat debate has become one of the most talked-about and heated topics in the cricketing world. Both batsman possess remarkable records, with Virat Kohli regarded as one of the greatest modern-day batsman, and Babar establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. It is always exciting to see these two compete against each other, and it is going to be one hell of a battle when they face off in Virat Kohli’s den in the World Cup later this year.
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