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Babar Azam hopes to match Virat Kohli’s consistency on cricket field

Pakistan’s young batting star Babar Azam wants to emulate Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the cricket field. The 22-year old batsman is widely considered as Pakistan’s next star who has the ability to carry forward the legacy of great batting stars of the sub-continent nation. In the series Down Under where conditions are considered tough for the batters, Azam put up a fine batting display which earned him praise from all corners of cricketing fraternity.

Lately, the performances by the Lahore-born batsman has often put him in the same bracket with one of the world’s leading batsman – Virat Kohli.  But, Azam has denied all the comparisons with the Indian great but has admitted that he wants to make a similar contribution to Pakistan cricket as Kohli has made to Team India.

“(Virat) Kohli is different and I am a different character,” Babar Azam was quoted by Tribune.com.pk. “I just try to play at my full potential and win games for Pakistan. I hope that I play the same role for Pakistan which he (Kohli) plays for India,” he added.

After representing his franchise Karachi Kings in PSL – 2, the star batsman further added that Pakistan’s primary focus is on improving rankings in the 50-over format.

“The team’s atmosphere was and still is very good,” he said. “Meanwhile, as a team, our focus is to improve our rankings in the ODI format, where we are number eight.”

Earlier, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur showered praised on Babar and called him as a good batsman as Virat.

“He’s a young gun who will be an exceptional player,” said Arthur. “I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon, he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there.”

The right-handed batsman boasts off an impressive average of 53 in ODIs, he has struck four centuries and six fifties in his short limited-overs career.

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