Pakistan top order batsman Babar Azam feels that comparison with indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is flattering and wants to adapt more like him. Babar is currently number one ranked in MRF Tyres ICC T20I Batting Rankings. He is 5th on ODI rankings for batsmen. Virat Kohli tops ICC Batting Rankings in test and in day international formats. Azam is improving his test batting credentials from last year. He aims to play role in earning victories for Pakistan. Babar Azam is in good form of late and will look to use that to good effect in Cricket World Cup 2019 for success of Pakistan team.
Babar Azam said: “It’s flattering to be compared to Kohli. He is very consistent, and his mindset is very good. He gives 100 percent every time he walks out to bat. I am at the start of my career, so the aim is to be like him, and be the epitome of performance in each of Pakistan’s wins.”
Babar has average of over 50 in ODIs and T20Is. He is among leading run scorers in shorter formats in recent times. Babar has a modest average of 35.28 in test cricket. He is top run-maker for Pakistan in tests since 2018. He has collected 760 runs at 50.66 average. He has become integral part of Pakistan side, making use of his potential in all formats of cricket.
Babar Azam stated: “I keep learning from my mistakes and I take advice from my seniors Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, because I want to be better and better in Test cricket. [Red-ball cricket] is the test of skill, patience and fitness of a player. The aim is to be the best for Pakistan across all formats.”
Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has backed Babar Azam to achieve great things. He is pleased with the progress of the right-hand batsman. Arthur reckons that cricket world is yet to witness the best of Azam.
Mickey Arthur echoed: “He will be in the top five (batsmen) of the world very soon across all formats. I thought I was a bit quick off the gun when I said two years ago that he would be almost as good as Kohli. But it has taken him a while to show that class. If you watched him in the nets couple of years ago, he was a young boy who has developed into a young man. He is got stronger and fitter, and his game gets better and better all the time.”