Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, was awarded the 2022 ICC awards for men’s ODI player and player of the year earlier this week. Babar achieved almost 2,600 runs in all international cricket tournaments last year, including eight fifty-plus scores in nine ODI innings. The captain of the Pakistani squad guided his group to victories in the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup finals.

Babar has now won the ODI Player of the Year title twice in a row, tying Indian great Virat Kohli’s previous record from 2017–18. Many people have compared Babar’s batting skills to those of Virat Kohli, but Misbah-ul-Haq, a former Pakistani captain, thinks it is too soon to make such comparisons.

According to Misbah in a media interview, Kohli has played more cricket than Babar, who is “just beginning,” who has played less.

The two shouldn’t be compared in any way. Babar is only beginning out in cricket, while Kohli has played a lot of the game. You may compare when Babar takes part in the same number of cricket matches. No one can currently match Kohli’s expertise in cricket since he has more than anybody else. In a video uploaded by, Misbah asserts that even though Babar is a gentleman and has the potential to defeat Kohli in the future, it is premature to compare the two at this point since Babar is just getting started.

Salman Butt, a different former captain of Pakistan, earlier suggested that it is too soon to decide and likened the two to “Wasim Akram and Shaheen Afridi,” asserting that doing so would be unjust.

Babar has so far played in 99 T20 Internationals, 95 ODIs, and 47 Tests for Pakistan. He is now the fourth-highest run scorer in T20 Internationals with a fantastic fifty-over average of 59.4. (3,355). In comparison, Kohli has 74 international hundreds to his name and tops the list of run scorers in the shortest format (4,008).