What is the difference between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam? Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik explain:

Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam is one of the hottest topics in the cricket arena.

The comparison between the two contemporary batters is based on the huge number of runs they have scored and at a constant pace.

However, it’s not just the volume of the runs but their electrifying style in which they do so that leaves fans in awe.

A close look at their comparison in T20 internationals tells us that Kohli has scored 3,856 runs with an average of 52.82. Babar, on the other hand, has amassed 3,231 runs at an average of 43.66.

However, at the T20 World Cup in Australia, Virat was in sensational form while Babar looked like a pale shadow of himself. Former Pakistani cricketers Misbah Ul Haq, Shoaib Malik and Waqar Younis have parsed and decoded the difference between the two.

“Virat becomes a different player the more deliveries he plays. Once he has played 15-16 balls, his hitting speed increases and he becomes more dangerous,” Misbah said on A Sports before adding: “This is something Babar needs to learn. After the first six overs, his batting rate drops. For a game-winning inning, you have to do it like Virat.”

“Both are world class, but Virat knows how to play with pockets. He finds the gaps and at will and therefore his success rate is high,” said Shoaib Malik.

Waqar Younis agreed with Malik, saying, “Virat is not afraid to use the bottom hand and go over the top. We love Babar, but he doesn’t go over the top very often,” Younis said.

“He is a classic batsman and looks very elegant when hitting, but in T20 cricket you have to bring the game to the bowler by going over the top. If you hit number 1 or number 2, you have to take the risk by going over the top and finding the gap, otherwise you will play too many points and put pressure on yourself,” Younis added.

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