New Delhi -°C
Today in New Delhi, India

Sep 28, 2020-Monday
-°C

Humidity
-

Wind
-

Select Country
Select city
ADVERTISEMENT
Home / Cricket / Pakistan’s Babar Azam wants to emulate Indian skipper Virat Kohli

Pakistan’s Babar Azam wants to emulate Indian skipper Virat Kohli

Babar averages above 45 in tests and 50-plus in both one-dayers and Twenty20 Internationals, putting him in the top five of all three formats. “He’s one of the best players. I’m still behind him,” Babar told the Cricbuzz website.

cricket Updated: Jun 10, 2020 14:50 IST
Reuters
Reuters
NEW DELHI
File image of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam.
File image of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam.(File)

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam’s sparkling form has earned him comparisons with Virat Kohli but the elegant right-hander says he has a long way to go before he can be considered the Indian skipper’s equal. Both top-order batsmen score freely and play the cover drive particularly well. Babar averages above 45 in tests and 50-plus in both one-dayers and Twenty20 Internationals, putting him in the top five of all three formats. “He’s one of the best players. I’m still behind him,” Babar told the Cricbuzz website.

“I’ll try to be as good as him and win matches for my country.” Babar, who is Pakistan’s limited-overs captain, said there were some style similarities. “Asian batsmen have the same technique and strokeplay. I guess some of our shots look similar,” he added.

Also read: Lance Klusener in favour of wax as replacement for saliva

The 25-year-old says he closely follows the careers of the top batsmen, watching how they master challenging conditions and overcome difficult phases. “I don’t look to compare myself with the greats,” he said.

“When I’m playing, I’m not trying to show off or prove any point to anyone. For me, it’s about whether I’m satisfied with my performance.

Also read: ‘You’re on your own’: When Aaron Finch asked umpire how to break Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma stand

“I’m happy as long as I can help Pakistan win matches. “I’m rarely satisfied with my performance because I always see room for improvement.”

Pakistan are scheduled to play three tests and the same number of Twenty20 Internationals against England in August-September though exact dates and venues are yet to be finalised.

Get Latest Cricket Updates, Live scores and Top news on HT Cricket.

ht epaper

Sign In to continue reading