I try to play like Virat Kohli and compete with him: Pakistan’s Babar Azam on comparisons with Indian skipper


Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has yet again played down his comparison with Virat Kohli, saying that he stands “nowhere near” a legend like the Indian skipper.

Speaking after his side’s 82-run win over West Indies in the second T20I of the three-match series, Azam said that though he tries to imitate Kohli, he could not be likened with the legendary batsman.

“I try to play like Kohli and compete with him,” the Dawn quoted Azam, as saying. Earlier, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir had also heaped praise on Kohli by dubbing him the `the best batsman in the world`.

Meanwhile, Azam also expressed his disappointment for missing out on a century by three runs during the second T20I. Azam struck a quick-fire 58-ball 97 runs, including 13 boundaries and a six, besides sharing a huge 119-run partnership with Hussain Talat (63) to guide Pakistan to a respectful total of 205 for three.

“There was no pressure on me and I was in coordination with Shoaib Malik but unfortunately missed a couple of balls and eventually, my century,” he said.

Azam was called up to represent the green shirts during an ODI series against Zimbabwe, thus making an international debut on the home ground amidst Pakistan’s isolation as an international cricketing venue in May 2015.


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