India and Pakistan have their own kind of rivalry when it comes to playing cricket with each other. Due to political differences, these two cricketing greats do not play cricket in each other’s countries. What was a very hotly contested game of cricket has lost its frequency in recent years.
Another rivalry that hotted up a few years ago was between the star batters Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. With both batting at their peak comparisons were natural to be made. Now that Kohli is struggling with bad form and Babar is continuing his best, the West Indies great Ian Bishop has come out and let his preference known.
Speaking to Cricwick about the comparison between Kohli and Babar, he said, “Babar Azam is on the road to greatness, And I want to be clear when I say on the road to it in white-ball cricket at least and certainly 50-overs cricket. Because I don’t use the term great loosely. I think I have discussed this with a couple of my colleagues 24 hours ago, it has to be a bigger sample size but average as it stands now, on the cusp of 60 with 17 ODI hundreds.”
Explaining further the legendary pacer said, “He has almost overtaken his next-door neighbour, the great Virat Kohli, in terms of the ultimate uber 50-over batsman. His Test cricket is a work in progress. I’m surprised he hasn’t taken to Test cricket numbers a lot earlier. He’s starting to get better at it. Technically, he’s superb. In the future, I’m hoping he will be mentioned in the same breath in Test cricket as the top 3-4 players.”
The Indian star batter is struggling to match his high standard of past having made no centuries since November 2019. Meanwhile, the Pakistan batter continues to break records every now and then. Recently the Pakistan captain became the only player to make three consecutive ODI centuries twice.