India vs Pakistan is one of the most closely contested matches in world cricket. The titanic clash between the two rival nations has produced some classic matches over the years.
The two cricketing powerhouses have always boasted of some of the best batsmen in the world.
While India could boast about players like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and more, Pakistan had players like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, and Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Batsmen from both the sides have always been pitted against each other to add more spice to the rivalry. The current generation has also been no exception to this norm as fans often draw comparisons between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, the best batsmen of their respective countries.
So let’s find out who is the greatest batsman between Kohli and Azam. It should be noted that Kohli, being the senior, started his career almost half a decade before his rival.
Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam: Who has more international runs?
Being the senior, Virat Kohli made his international Test debut in 2011, five years before Babar Azam. The former Indian captain has played more than 100 Test matches in his career scoring 8416 runs.
In ODIs, Kohli has 13,000 runs, 8000 more than Azam. In T20Is, however, the Pakistani batsman is slowly closing in on his rival despite starting his career six years after the Indian star.
In Test Babar vs Virat
In ODI Babar vs Virat
In t20i Babar vs Virat
Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam: Who has more international hundreds?
When it comes to scoring centuries in international cricket, Virat Kohli comes second only to the great Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar is the only batsman in the history of the game to score 100 international centuries. Kohli is currently 25 short of the legend’s tally.
In terms of total international centuries, Babar Azam is nowhere close to the Indian record as he has 29 centuries to his name. However, the Pakistani skipper has scored more T20I hundreds than the former Indian skipper.
In test Babar vs Virat
In ODI Babar vs Virat
Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam: Who has more double hundreds in Test matches?
Virat Kohli has scored seven double centuries in Test matches, the most among Indian batsmen.
On the other hand, Babar Azam has not been able to score a double century yet.
Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam: Who has scored more runs in the World Cup?
Virat Kohli has so far appeared in three ODI World Cups where he played 26 matches and scored 1030 runs. Babar Azam, on the other hand, has played only one World Cup in 2019 where he scored 474 runs in eight matches.
Virat Kohli once again has the upper hand in the T20I World Cup as he scored 1141 runs in 25 matches spread across four editions. Babar Azam has played only two T20I World Cups where he featured in 13 matches and scored 427 runs.
in ODI World Cup
|Virat Kohli||2011, 2015, 2019||26||1030||46.81||86.70||107|
in T20 World Cup
|Virat Kohli||2012, 2016, 2021, 2022||25||1141||81.50||131.30||89*|
|Babar Azam||2021, 2022||13||427||35.58||114.48||70|
Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam: Who has won the most titles?
The Indian star was part of the last two ICC trophies that the Men in Blue won. He won both the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. With India, he last reached the finals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2021-23 World Test Championship.
On the other hand, Babar Azam is yet to win an ICC trophy in his career but he led Pakistan to the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup.
|Virat Kohli||trophy||Babar Azam|
|1||ODI World Cup||0|
|1||ICC Champions Trophy||0|
|0||T20 World Cup||0|
|0||world test championship||0|
|0||Domestic T20 Trophy (IPL/PSL)||1|
Virat Kohli Vs Babar Azam: Who has won more individual awards (ICC)?
When it comes to individual awards presented by ICC, Virat Kohli has won the Men’s Cricketer of the Year twice, the Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year thrice, and Test Cricketer of the Year once.
In comparison to him, his rival Babar Azam has won three ICC awards to date, the Men’s Cricketer of the Year award once and the Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award twice.
|Virat Kohli||Prize||Babar Azam|
|2||Male Cricketer of the Year||1|
|1||Male Test Cricketer of the Year||0|
|3||Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year||2|
|0||Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year||0|
|0||Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year||0|