Former Pakistan captain Muhammad Yousuf believes the Indian batting line-up of Sachin Tendulkar’s generation higher than the current one led by current India skipper Virat Kohli. He also reckoned 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.
Yousuf also lamented that Sachin was the most complete batsmen of his generation. “When I was playing for Pakistan there were many great batsmen in those days like Brian Lara, Pointing, Hayden but I always felt that Tendulkar was in every way the most complete batsmen,” he stated.
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 said.
He also felt it’s unfair to make comparisons between Pakistan limited-overs skipper Babar Azam and Kohli as the current India captain has much more experience and exposure.
“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,” he concluded