Kohli or Babar? Bumrah or Cummins? Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan reveals his choice of players

Pakistan captain Babar Azam is often compared to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, purely because the former has shown supreme consistency across formats. Babar has, in fact, proved his dexterity, especially in the white-ball format. On the other hand, Kohli completely dominates modern-day cricket, being the only batsman to average over 50 in all formats. Under…

Kohli or Babar? Bumrah or Cummins? Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan reveals his choice of players

Pakistan captain Babar Azam is often compared to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, purely because the former has shown supreme consistency across formats. Babar has, in fact, proved his dexterity, especially in the white-ball format.

On the other hand, Kohli completely dominates modern-day cricket, being the only batsman to average over 50 in all formats. Under his leadership, Team India has qualified for the inaugural ICC Test Championship (WTC) final.

Fans have a sundry belief concerning who is a better batsman between Kohli and Babar. Some reckon the Delhi-born is far ahead of the young Pakistani star, while others opine that Babar is better than Kohli.

Not so long ago, some fans, along with cricket experts, had also remarked that Babar should replace England’s Joe Root in the fab four – a list consists of four best stroke makers of modern cricket, i.e., Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Root.

While the red-hot debate is still on, a similar question was asked to Pakistan’s senior pacer Junaid Khan when he took part in an interview. In a clip shared by Cricket Pakistan on Twitter, Junaid faced 10 questions and one of which was related to Kohli and Babar. The 31-year-old was asked to rate both the batsmen.

“How do you rate Babar Azam and Virat Kohli?” Junaid was quizzed. While answering the question, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cricketer reckoned both the batters are outstanding.

“I think in the present time, both of them (Kohli and Babar) are outstanding,” said Junaid.

The left-arm fast bowler was further asked to pick one seamer between Australia’s Pat Cummins and India’s Jasprit Bumrah, and Junaid went on to choose Bumrah.

Junaid, who picked up 110 wickets in 76 ODIs and 71 scalps in 22 Tests, mentioned that he always liked to get the wicket of ex-Indian opener Virender Sehwag in international. He also picked former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram as his all-time favourite bowler.

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Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid recently opened up about the Indian Test squad selected for the upcoming series against England. Team India is set to leave for England on June 2 to play the World Test Championship (WTC) final versus New Zealand and then participate in an away series against the hosts. Dravid was quite…

Rahul Dravid reveals the reason behind Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion from India’s Test squad

Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid recently opened up about the Indian Test squad selected for the upcoming series against England.

Team India is set to leave for England on June 2 to play the World Test Championship (WTC) final versus New Zealand and then participate in an away series against the hosts.

Dravid was quite satisfied with the selection process and only keen on discussing left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion. Though Kuldeep was a part of the side that toured Australia at the beginning of the year but didn’t make it to the playing XI.

When England toured India, the Kanpur-born even then took the field for just one Test and was also dropped for the ODI series decider. Kuldeep has been a regular part of the wings, albeit given meagre chances to prove his worth on the field.

Talking about the same, Dravid argued that Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar had given spot-cementing performances in recent times.

“It does seem balanced. It’s a 20-member squad. The only other one who could have merited selection would’ve been Kuldeep Yadav, but he’s fallen away over the last little bit. Also, with the kind of recent performances from Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, and Washington Sundar, they’re clear about the kind of balance they want in the squad,” the veteran cricketer said during a webinar organized by Live Aid India on Sunday (May 9).

Adumbrating the reason, Dravid added that Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja are reliable all-rounders. Likewise, the Indian team has found their replacements in Axar and Washington since the duo can put up a decent show with the bat in the absence of the stalwarts.

“With both Ashwin and Jadeja adding value with the bat and having like-for-like replacements in Axar and Washy [Washington Sundar], they’re clear about the direction they want to take. It lengthens their batting and all four finger spinners here allow them to do that. The make-up of the squad tells me they know their best XI even before they leave from here,” the former India Under-19 coach opined.

Debuting in 2017, Kuldeep has played just seven Tests and scalped 26 wickets at an average of 23.80.

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