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.
– what is this obsession to compare players with Virat Kohli..
First U Akmal & Ahmad Shahzad and now Babar Azam was asked the same Q.!
— Asif Khan (@mak_asif) March 13, 2017
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.”
From Ahmed Shahzad to Umar Akmal.. now Babar Azam ! Pakistan produces at least one Virat Kohli each year ???????????? https://t.co/03aW6i8Dyn
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) March 13, 2017
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.