Kohli Vs Babar – Who is Ahead After 78 ODI Matches?

Babar Azam and Virat Kohli are two of the finest batsmen in world cricket today. Both the batsmen have had quite similar career paths, and currently, they are the only two batsmen in the world who are ranked within the top ten batsmen rankings across all formats.


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Babar has been in a rich vein of form recently, and his terrific performances against South Africa in the ODI series propelled him to the top of the ICC ODI batsman rankings, surpassing the Indian captain, Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper had held the number one spot for almost four years.

The comparison between the two batsmen has been a hot topic in the cricketing fraternity in the two nations, and the latest rankings update has sparked the debate yet again.

While Babar has overtaken Kohli in the ODI batsman rankings, he is still one position behind Kohli in the Test rankings. Kohli is two positions behind Babar in the T20I rankings.


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However, the main difference between the two players is not playing ability but age and experience. Babar is only 26-years old and has only played 80 ODIs, while Kohli, on the other hand, is 32-years old and has played more than 250 ODIs. The fairest comparison would be to have a look at the stats at the same stage of their careers.

ODI record after 78 innings:

Player Runs Average Strike Rate 100s 50s
Babar Azam 3,808 56.83 88.70 13 17
Virat Kohli 3,100 45.58 83.26 8 20

ODI record at the age of 26 years:

Player Innings Runs Average Strike Rate 100s 50s
Babar Azam 78 3,808 56.83 88.70 13 17
Virat Kohli 171 7,755 53.11 90.76 27 39

Overall record across all formats:

Player Innings Runs Average 100s 50s
Babar Azam 183 7,891 50.90 19 50
Virat Kohli 482 22,818 55.78 70 115