Sanjay Manjrekar calls Virat-Babar comparison unfair, Tom Moody says Azam is just as good a chaser as Kohli

Babar has played just 108 ODIs while Kohli has played 275. The former has an average of 58.4 with 5142 runs in this format while the latter has an average of 57.3 with 12898 runs.

Although both players score points and are aesthetically pleasing to watch when they are playing at the peak of their game, Kohli has the reputation of being a master of the chase. However, Moody believes Babar is also good at chasing the run.

I think that’s definitely true. He reminds me a lot of Virat Kohli in the way he goes about his business. He plays real cricket. He seems to understand and read the game very well, which Kohli has done for over a decade. He is also a good chaser as Virat Kohli has proved over the years. So there are a lot of similarities between them and I wouldn’t say that Virat will have a better Asia Cup than Babar Azam, but both of them can be under the same pressure and it will be a pleasure to watch them because they are box office, says Moody.

While Kohli has scored 7384 runs at an average of 64.20, chasing Babar with an average of 56.65 at 2436 runs. The former stands out for his ability to maneuver the ball in the middle overs and switch gears in the death overs. The second, though has shown the ability to rotate the strike in middle overs and is more of a run accumulator, is yet to show acceleration in pressure situations like Indian Star.

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