The former captain and chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket team, Inzamam ul Haq stated that Babar azam is clearly ahead of the current Indian Captain Virat kolhi, if compared on the initial stages and stats of their careers.
The former Cheif selector also praised the current Pakistan captain and said that he has managed to achieve a lot in a short span till date when compared to others and also he has got a long way to go in future. He further added that Kohli has been playing for a decade now.
“In just a few years he has achieved a lot of success and I know he can do even better than what he has done so far. Virat Kohli has been playing for 10 years while his(Babar) been playing for three to four years but if you compare initial days of Babar and Kohli, you’ll see Babar is ahead,” Inzamam said.
To make justice to Inzamam's claims, Babar is the only batsman to be listed in the top 10 ICC batsman rankings across all three fornats (ODI, Test and T20I). Further, he has played 6 years lesser than the Indian skipper and has got better stats in the T20 format. Though, its yet to be seen if Azam can perform with the same consistency and match Kohli in the other formats as well.
Further, Inzamam also added that the selection committee made a rash decision in sacking Sarfaraz Ahmed of the captaincy who served cricket for so long and won many titles for the country.
“Sarfaraz Ahmed kept the team number one in T20, won the champions trophy, won many other important matches too, which proves that he was an able captain,” Inzamam reported to Geo Super.
“Form is something that can come and go but it was really premature to remove a captain who had won us so many matches and titles.” He added.
Inzamam, who himself stepped down of his role, said that Sarfaraz shall not have been replaced. Reviving the former skipper’s achievements, the ex-chief-selector mentioned how the team was at the number one T20 spot and also lifted the Champions Trophy 2017 proving himself as a potent captain.
Inzamam, himself stepped down from captaincy and announced his retirement from cricket in 2007 after a miserable show in the 2007 World Cup. Later, in 2012 he was appointed as the batting consultant Pakistan's national term on a short term basis. In 2016, he was appointed as the chief selector of the Pakistan national Cricket team.
The former Pakistan skipper has captained the team in 31 tests and 87 ODIs winning 11 and 51 respectively. He has also captained pakistan in a T20I aganist England, which they ended up on the winning side.
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