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Rashid went ahead and picked the Pakistani middle order batsman over Kohli but elucidated that his choice was once based on current form.
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Up to date: May 15, 2020, 13:48 IST



Kedar Jadhav of India celebrates the wicket of Babar Azam of Pakistan with Virat Kohli throughout the ICC Champions trophy cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017 (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)(Getty Images)

England leg spinner Adil Rashid was once recently asked to do a very hard job. He had to select the better batsman between Indian captain Virat Kohli and newly appointed Pakistan limited overs skipper Babar Azam. Rashid went ahead and picked the Pakistani middle order batsman over Kohli but elucidated that his choice was once based on current form.

“Ahhh… it’s a hard one. Polite, it’s a hard one. So you were given to go on the current form… I think I got to go for Babar Azam on current form. I am taking form here…I say Babar Azam is in better form so I picked Babar Azam. But they both are world class players besides,” the leg-spinner, who won the ICC World Cup in 2019, said throughout an interview with At the Crease TV.

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Rashid can’t be faulted for his choice though as on current form, Azam does outshine his Indian counterpart. Virat Kohli has built a repute for being a run machine over time across all formats and his below par showing in New Zealand has put the highlight on his form. Such has been Kohli’s consistency in racking up big scores that even a half-century at times looks like a failure.

Azam then again has been the most consistent batsman for Pakistan and has cemented his repute as his country’s premier batsman. He’s far absent from Kohli’s numbers but whether he continues in the same vein then he too can create his own legacy in international cricket.


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