Mohammad Yousuf spill beans on comparison between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam

The comparison between players is not an alien thing in cricket. From time to time, many cricketers be it batsmen, bowlers, fielders or all-rounders, all have gone through various sort of assessments as the fans and experts have always drawn evaluations between two individuals. Some of the most famous comparisons in the fascinating game have…

Mohammad Yousuf spill beans on comparison between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam

The comparison between players is not an alien thing in cricket. From time to time, many cricketers be it batsmen, bowlers, fielders or all-rounders, all have gone through various sort of assessments as the fans and experts have always drawn evaluations between two individuals.

Some of the most famous comparisons in the fascinating game have been between Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, as well as between Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne. When it comes to modern-day cricket, the two players who are always on the radar are Virat Kohli and Babar Azam.

Although there is a vast difference between Kohli and Babar’s career graph, the pair has been compared several times. Some state Kohli as the modern-day great, while some reckon, Babar is the top of the line batsman.

The biggest reason why some fans like to talk about Babar in the same breath as Kohli is his supreme consistency across the formats. The regular match-winning performances have also awarded Babar with the captaincy of T20I and ODI teams as well.

Speaking about the Indian skipper, he completely dominates the present time as he is the only batsman to average 50 plus in all formats. Under his leadership, Team India has also reached the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

Throwing light on the red-hot topic, former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf heaped praises on both the batsmen; however, he gave an edge to Kohli. Yousuf, who was one of the finest batters of Pakistan during his career, lauded the Indian captain for his fitness and said that is the main reason behind his success.

“I’ve never seen him practice but have followed some of his training videos on Twitter or someplace else. In today’s era, if someone asks me what is modern cricket, I’d say it’s about training. Today’s players are fit and fast, as is Virat Kohli, which is the reason behind his terrific performances,” said Yousuf on YouTube Show ‘Cricast.’

Yousuf asserted that Kohli is far ahead of Babar as the Indian superstar has 70 international centuries to his name with around 12000 runs.

“He has 70 centuries in ODIs and Tests combined. In ODIs, he has some 12000 runs and is approaching the 10k mark in Tests as well. In T20I as well, he has some great numbers. His performance in all three eras is high-class,” added the 46-year-old.

But the Lahore-born also appreciated Babar for his hard work and felt that the young aspiring cricketers should follow the talented Pakistan skipper.

“Babar has worked on his talent. He undergoes tough drills and practices. I keep telling these younger players that the harder they work on their practice, the easier it will get playing matches. Babar has been doing that constantly, and look,” Yousuf added further.

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Jofra Archer ruled out of the New Zealand Test series due to elbow injury

England speedster Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand due to elbow injury. Archer returned to action for his county club Sussex in the ongoing County Championship 2021. During a match against Kent at Hove this week, he bowled only five overs in the second innings before…

Jofra Archer ruled out of the New Zealand Test series due to elbow injury

England speedster Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand due to elbow injury.

Archer returned to action for his county club Sussex in the ongoing County Championship 2021. During a match against Kent at Hove this week, he bowled only five overs in the second innings before the 26-year-old quick was again disturbed by an injury in his bowling arm.

Not so long ago, Archer had undergone surgery to remove a piece of glass from a cut he agonised while cleaning a fish tank. The Bridgetown-lad made a promising start to his comeback game against Kent, picking up a couple for 29 in 13 overs.

Sussex captain Ben Brown asserted that he feels sad for the champion bowler as Archer did everything possible, but things couldn’t work out for him.

“He’s a champion cricketer, so talented and so gifted, but at the moment, he cannot do what he wants to do — he cannot do his skill. I really feel for him,” said Brown as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

“Jofra did the right thing playing in the second XI game the previous week, and we all want him to be fully fit and firing for England and for the Ashes. He needed to play in this match to prove his fitness, but it just hasn’t worked out this week,” added Brown.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also issued a statement confirming Archer’s absence from the series against Kane Williamson and Co., stating that he was “suffering from pain in his right elbow when bowling”.

“The England and Sussex medical teams will now seek guidance, and Archer will see a medical consultant later this week to determine the next course of action on the management of his elbow,” ECB added.

The two-match Test leg will start at Lords Cricket Ground in London on June 02. Similarly, the final Test will be played from June 10 to 14 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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