Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop has compared India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan limited-overs skipper Babar Azam to legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
“Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, who in terms of the straight lines, you remember Sachin Tendulkar, there’s a reason why I think he was the best batsman I bowled to as he always played in the straight lines and these two guys (Kohli, Azam) present that,” Bishop told Mbangwa during the interaction.
Kohli has been outstanding in the past few years. He has been scoring runs and has an average of over 50 across all formats presently.
Apart from this, he became the first Indian cricketer to score 7 double hundreds while holds the record for the fastest century by an Indian in the ODIs. He smashed a ton in just 52 balls against Australia.
On the other side, Babar Azam too has been making a name for himself on the international level.
The Pakistan batsman is at the helm position in the T20I rankings while Kohli attains the top spot in the ODIs. The Indian batsman is also second-ranked batsman in Test cricket. He was earlier at the top position but a rough patch in New Zealand earlier this year saw a fall in his rankings.
Tendulkar holds the record for the highest number of runs in ODIs and Tests while he has also smashed 100 hundreds in international cricket. Kohli and Tendulkar were the part of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 2011 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy.