Babar Azam
Babar Azam

Pakistan’s Babar Azam beats Virat Kohli in the ICC’s poll of For Best Cover Drive. ICC announced a poll for the best cover drive between Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Joe Toot, and Kane Williamson.

Babar Azam Wins Best Cover Drive Poll

All the cricketers in the list are top batsmen in the world and to see Babar beat such big names in the poll, is certainly a massive feat. A total of 260,143 people voted in the poll in which the Pakistan cricketer garnered around 46 percent of votes

He was closely followed by Kohli – who finished second by a whisker. Kohli lost out to Babar by a margin of 0.01 percent. NZ star Williamson is third in the coveted list with 7.1 percent, while Root with 1.1 percent was at four.

Currently, Babar averages in excess of 50 in ODIs and T20Is with 12 centuries and 40.93, while in Tests, he has over 2,000 runs at an average of 44.29. Babar has a total of 17 tons and 47 half-centuries.

Kohli on the other hand averages in excess of 50 across formats and has been one of the best players of the decade. Kohli – who was on paternity leave – is back at the helm of affairs as India hosts England at home. Kohli would be expected to play a big part in the series after having missed out on the Australia tour.

Meanwhile, Kohli is back to lead the Indian cricket team in the four-match Test series against England which began in Chennai on Friday (February 05). Joe Root & Co. are batting first after winning the toss.

The hosts have included three spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Washington Sundar – in their bowling attack for the opening Test.