Here’s How Babar Azam Outperformed Virat Kohli in World Cup 2019

Pakistan bowed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup after failing to make it to the top 4 due to a poor net run rate.

India, on the other hand, suffered a defeat in the semi-final at the hands of New Zealand in what turned out to be a thriller of a contest spanning over two days, due to rain on the first day and a reserve day policy.

There have been plenty of comparisons being drawn between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam who are considered two of the best batsmen around in cricket. While some may say the Indian skipper is way ahead of his competitor from across the border, there have been plenty of stats and numbers suggesting that Babar is right up there with him, if not ahead.

Without much talk, let’s skip to the figures and see who is the better batsman. During the World Cup, the 24-year-old Babar became the second-fastest to 3,000 ODI runs, the first being South African great, Hashim Amla. Babar took 68 innings to cross the mark as compared to Virat Kohli’s 75.

Similarly, he has been faster to 1,000 and 2,000 ODI runs as compared to Kohli. At one time, Babar held the joint record for the fastest 1,000 runs in ODI history, which was later bettered by Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq.

Here are the numbers from the Cricket World Cup:

Innings Runs Average Highest Score 100s/50s 6s/4s
Babar Azam 8 474 67.71 101* 1/3 2/50
Virat Kohli 9 443 55.37 82 0/5 2/38

The numbers are clearly indicative of his better outing at the mega event as compared to Virat Kohli. Babar edged past Kohli in terms of the runs scored, the average, the hundreds and even the number of boundaries scored during the tournament.

The top-order batsman has also overtaken Javed Miandad as the highest run-getter for Pakistan in a single edition of the World Cup.

It might be too early for us or anyone to call Babar a legend, but, he’s a class act for sure. He has been the run-machine Pakistan cricket team had been missing for many years and his inclusion in the team has strengthened our batting unit significantly.

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  • Babar Azam is better bcoz he is not arrogant nor does he has stupid attitude like kohli. Check the comments on utube on Nzvind match and u will see that indian cricket fans themselves are saying that india lost due to kohli overconfidence and arrogance.

  • 1.) Stop Comparing
    2.) It’s not that Babar Azam is not better than Kohli. It’s how each country treats their players (Compare Younis Khan and Tendulker for example, They treat Sachin like a hero while we forget who Younis even is)
    3.) This was Babar Azam’s best CWC and Kohli’s worst

    • Younis khan was the worst and most selfish player in Pakistan. He has been succeed by Hafeez (Another Younis Khan)

  • Kohli is better player becuase he won the matches for India. Babar is run machine but he still has to learn this art, how to good innings turn into winning innings.

  • The thing here that Babar is missing is consistency. Kohli has more 50s than Babar although his average is low. This is what a team demands from every player, get your runs above 50 on the board and your part is done. Consistency in Batting is what Pakistan has been missing for years despite outrageous bowling performances. Other than that their fielding in 2019- WC has been worst so they should have to work out real smart on that. Eventually at the end of the day catches win matches and Newzealand’s recent win over India clearly portray same.


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