Misbah refutes comparison of Babar Azam to Virat Kohli

Misbah also pointed out that factors beyond his control impacted Babar's Test performance

Misbah refutes comparison of Babar Azam to Virat Kohli PHOTO: PCB/AFP

Former national cricket team captain and coach Misbah-ul-Haq denies comparing Pakistan captain Babar Azam to former Indian captain Virat Kohli. 

Misbah says comparisons between the two should only be made after Babar has played as much cricket as Kohli. 

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Misbah also pointed out that Babar's Test performance was impacted by factors beyond his control, such as a lack of planning and team selection. 

“It is unfair to compare Virat Kohli with Babar Azam. Kohli has played a lot of international cricket. Meanwhile, Azam has just started his career. We should compare when both have played the same amount of cricket. Kohli’s achievements are unmatchable at the moment,” he said.

Misbah believes that players should not be singled out and criticized without thoroughly examining the situation.

 He also notes that the Pakistan team is performing well in white-ball cricket and that any changes should only be made after careful assessment.

The Test performance has come down, and Babar alone is not responsible for that. There was a lack of planning, team selection, and many other things mattered." The former captain.

 “Be it a captain or any other player, we should examine things first and should not make a decision just by creating a narrative or applying pressure. Pakistan team's performance in white ball cricket is going well,” he asserted. “No matter who the captain is, a change should only be made after assessing things thoroughly," he maintained.