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    Babar Azam vs Lokesh Rahul

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    Yes, it's that time of the year. Yeah, you guessed it right. It's time for another Ind vs Pak player comparison thread. This time we have two great future prospects in Babar Azam and Lokesh Rahul. Both are exciting and young talented batsmen. Both have made their debuts for their respective countries in different formats. Both are technically good and are impressive stroke players.

    Babar Azam:

    Babar Azam made his ODI debut exactly an year ago at Lahore against Zimbabwe. Since then he has been a stable batsman in a shaky batting line up. The former Pakistan U19 captain has been earmarked as the future of the Pakistan batting line up.

    Career highlight:

    Making consecutive ODI fifties (62, 83) in his very first tour to New Zealand against a pacy attack of Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan. Eventhough he ended up in the losing side, Babar showed glimpses of what's to come in the future with those two impressive innings.

    Lokesh Rahul:

    KL Rahul made his international debut in India's test tour of Australia in the december of 2014 after an injury to Shikhar Dhawan. Since then, he has impressed whenever he has got a chance to open for the Indian test team. The Karnataka lad has been a prolific run scorer for his side in the Ranji trophy and was one of the key players for Karnataka which saw the side win back to back Ranji trophies.

    Career highlight:

    Scoring a ton at Sydney in his 2nd Test against Australia. He followed it up with another ton in the Sri Lankan tour. However, he has had some low scores in between but to his defence, he hasn't been a regular in the Indian Test team.

    Stats comparison:

    Babar Azam:
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    As of now, Rahul has very good first class stats but has had an inconsistent start to his Test career. Babar Azam has better List A stats and has had a very good start to his ODI career while Rahul is yet to make his ODI debut for India. However Rahul showed signs of a great LOI potential in this year's IPL being second in run scorers only to Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in his side. At this stage, both have got very low sample sets in their international careers and it's more about who has got a better potential and a higher ceiling.

    Who is your pick between the two and who do you think will have the better career?
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 30th May 2016 at 12:44.


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