LONDON: One of the biggest debates in cricket nowadays is to find the better T20 International batsman between India’s run-machine Virat Kohli and Pakistan’s talent Babar Azam.
There is no doubt in saying that Babar Azam will go on to become one of the best batsmen from Pakistan. However, in recent times, he has been consistently performing in all three formats. In fact, he is in the top five in the list of batsmen list across all formats. Because of all this, he has been often compared with Indian captain Virat Kohli. Recently, ex-Australian player Tom Moody drew comparisons of the two batsmen.
Tom Moody said that people talk about Kohli being great to watch, but they should consider watching the Lahore-born He stated that the Pakistani batsman has something special about him. The former Australian all-rounder then predicted that the young turk will definitely be among the top five batsmen of the decade.
“He [Babar] has emerged over the last year or so into something that is going to be so special. We talked about how Virat Kohli is so good on the eye as a batsman. If you think Virat Kohli is good to watch, have a look at Babar Azam bat. My gosh, he is something special,” said Moody, according to a report by Cricket Pakistan. “I think in the next five to ten years, he will definitely be in your top five [batsmen of the decade] without a question.”
While backing his words for the young Pakistani batsman, Moody mentioned that he has only played 26 matches. He also pointed out that in most of those matches, he was batting at no. 6 or no.7 as an after-thought of the batting unit.
“Even though he [Babar] has played 26 matches but in half of those matches, he was not considered even part of the main batting line-up for Pakistan. He was the after-thought down the order,” he said.
Moody also mentioned that Azam has an average of 37 in away Tests but has an average of 67 in home Tests. In his defence, the Australian also said a lot of those away Tests were during his initial days in international cricket.
“I think at the moment, it is very hard to justify him at that position given his statistics. Away from home, he is only averaging 37 and at home, he is averaging 67. But we have to consider that he has hardly played away from home and a lot of those games away were during the early part of his career”, Moody concluded.