Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop feels that Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Pakistan’s white-ball captain Babar Azam both remind of of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
While taking part in a recent Instagram live session with former Zimbabwe pacer Pommie Mbangwa, Bishop said Kohli and Babar remind him of the Indian cricketing great, Sachin.
“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.
Over the last couple of years, the comparisons between both Babar and Kohli have risen by quite alot.
Babar is the number one ranked T20I batsman while Kohli is at the top spot in ODI rankings. The 25-year-old Azam averages over 50 in ODI and T20Is and a little over 45 in Tests.
Kohli is also at the second spot in the Test rankings. The right-handed batsman has so far played 86 Tests, scoring 7,240 runs with 27 centuries at an average of 53.62.
His knock of 254 against South Africa at Pune in 2019 remains his highest Test score to date. When it comes to ODIs, the current Indian skipper has played 248 matches and has 43 centuries.
Meanwhile, Tendulkar signed off from International cricket with a whopping 100 international centuries while also being the highest run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs.
During the session, Bishop also praised the current crop of pacers.
“Jasprit Bumrah is a generational talent, the ability to adapt to all the formats is brilliant. Kagiso Rabada is someone I find impressive, the first time I saw him was in a T20 match and he was bowling to Keiron Pollard. I am seeing a fast bowling renaissance right now and it excites me,” Bishop said.
The former Windies fast bowler also praised the easiness of Jofra Archer’s action.