Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf reckons it’s unfair to make comparisons between Pakistan limited-overs skipper Babar Azam and India skipper Virat Kohli as the latter has much more experience and exposure.
Though the former batsman again did not pick a clear winner, Yousuf did give the Pakistan limited-overs skipper a slight edge over Kohli, based on certain criteria.
“Kohli has played much more cricket than Babar, who has only (had) about three to four years of exposure in international cricket. But yes, if you ask me to make a comparison based on where Kohli stood after the same number of matches that Babar’s played, I would say Babar has done better,” Mohammad Yousuf told PTI in an exclusive interview.
The former batsman further added while he enjoyed watching Rohit Sharma, he always felt that Kohli is more serious, committed, and hard-working.
“Kohli is very committed that is why he is so successful and he has already got runs in every cricket playing nation. I felt captaincy had only made him a better player,” he further stated.
Yousuf, who represented Pakistan 381 times across all three formats, also said the Indian batting line-up of Sachin Tendulkar’s generation higher than the current one led by current India skipper Virat Kohli. He also stated that the quality of bowlers at those times was better than at present.
“Kohli, Sharma, Pujara, (KL) Rahul are all quality batsmen but if I compare, the Indian batting (line-up) of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, (VVS) Laxman, (Sourav) Ganguly was better,” Yousuf said.
“You don’t have that sort of bowling quality nowadays, cricket has changed a lot and things are different now,” Yousuf told news agency PTI. “You do not have that sort of bowling quality nowadays, cricket has changed a lot and things are a bit different now,” he added.
The 46-year-old concluded by saying that Sachin Tendulkar was a more versatile batsman than the likes of Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting.