Abu Dhabi: Indians, who are ardent cricket fans, love comparisons and statistics. Often, parallels have been drawn between former batsman Sachin Tendulkar and current India captain Virat Kohli. Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif is the latest to enter the debate. According to Asif, he believes that Kohli is nowhere close to Tendulkar but Babar Azam, Pakistan’s leading batsman. Also Read – KKR Or MI – Who Is Better To Qualify For IPL 2021 Playoffs? Sunil Gavaskar Reply
“Kohli is a lower level player. He is doing well because of his fitness and it is supporting him. The moment he faces a fall, I don’t think Kohli can make a comeback. In fact, Babar is a big player like Sachin. His bat is as fluent as Sachin. People say that Kohli is better than Tendulkar. I say no. Virat does not even come close to Sachin. This is my opinion,” Asif said on CoverDriveCricket’s YouTube channel. Also Read – IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra’s hilarious ‘Sholay’ dialogue to highlight Punjab Kings’ over-reliance on KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal
Congratulating Tendulkar for his fluent cover drive, Asif admitted that very few people know about the great Indians, while Kohli is a lower-handed player. Also Read – IPL 2021: How MS Dhoni’s advice to stay away from social media helped Ruturaj Gaikwad: CSK opener coach Sandeep Chavan
“The way Sachin played, he had the upper hand and very few people know about this technique. Be it coach or any player. Sachin was very fluent on his cover drives, drive pulls and cuts. No doubt Kohli has strokes as well, but his entire hand is down,” said the former Pakistan fast bowlers.
India will take on Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup on 24 October. This will be the first match between the arch-rivals after the 2019 World Cup. Pakistan has never beaten India in a World Cup game.