Aakash Chopra feels Babar Azam is a brilliant batsman but he hasn’t reached Virat Kohli’s level. The two often get compared by former cricketers and fans. While Babar Azam is ranked no.2 in the ICC rankings for batsmen in T20 internationals, Virat Kohli holds the 4th spot in the table.
Babar’s consistency with the willow has often been compared with Virat but Chopra feels the Indian skipper is still way ahead of the Pakistan skipper.
“No disrespect. But if you had asked Babar what he wanted to become when he grew up, his reply would be, ‘I want to be like Virat Kohli’. This is where they are right now. Kohli is the ultimate champion, no.1 batter in all three formats and T20s is no different.
“Babar is brilliant, I’ve great respect for him and I admire him a lot, but Kohli is way ahead. Babar can reach him, but he is not at that level right now,” said Chopra on his YouTube channel.
Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif, however, thinks Babar is equal to Virat.
“On stats, Virat Kohli is way ahead of Babar Azam. But the way Babar has performed in the recent past, he is equal to Kohli. It is difficult to say who is better because both are greats in their craft,” Latif, who was talking on Chopra’s channel, said.