Pakistan’s late resurgence in the World Cup matches was largely down to their good batting performances and Babar Azam proved to be to the mainstay of his side’s middle-order. The 24-year-old finally flourished under pressure and became a real match-winner for Pakistan.
Babar enjoyed a profitable World Cup campaign where he also overtook the legendary Javed Miandad to become the highest run-scorer for Pakistan in a single World Cup edition. However, Babar will get more satisfaction in emulating his batting idol, Virat Kohli in this year’s World Cup.
While Babar may not have achieved the consistency levels to match Kohli but he is on the right path to do it. The statistics from the ongoing tournament suggest that Babar has comprehensively beaten his Indian idol in most runs scored in the cricket’s showpiece event.
While playing one innings fewer than Kohli, Babar scored 474 runs with an astonishing average of 67.71 whereas his Indian counterpart scored 443 runs at an average of 55.38. Virat (82) also comes second to Babar (101) in terms of their highest individual score in the mega-event.
It is pertinent to mention that Babar was playing in his first ever ICC World Cup while this was Virat’s third time participating in the World Cup.