Why Babar Azam doesn’t want to be compared to Virat Kohli
Top-order batsman Babar Azam made a buzz during the Vitality T20 Blast after being the lead run-scorer with 428 runs in 8 innings at an average of more than 70. Fans compared him to India team captain Virat Kohli and said that the 24-year-old has a shot at being Pakistan’s captain.
If you’re a cricketer and you’re compared to the likes of Kohli, chances are you will strut the field with pride. But not Azam. He slammed the comparisons between him Kohli during an interview and asked people to stop comparing him to the Indian skipper.
“I don’t think there is or should be any comparison as we are different types of players. I just focus on my batting and working on my strengths and weaknesses and have no desire to be compared with any other cricketer,” he said.
“I’m sure I speak for most cricketers when I say comparisons are only for fans and the media and us cricketers don’t really crave any comparisons or want to be compared to any current or former players as that just creates endless pressure,’ he continued.
Babar lauded Kohli for his performance as a cricketer, but he emphasized that his main focus is on winning matches for Pakistan.
“As great as he is, I don’t want to be compared to Virat or any other cricketer, I just want to win matches for my country as that is my only aim.”
Tom Abell, Somerset Captain praised Babar for his performance in the T20 Blast. “Some of the shots he plays just take your breath away. The beauty of Babar is that he plays proper cricket shots all the way through and we can bat around him."
The 24-year-old batsman smashed a 55-ball hundred during the Somerset and Hampshire clash in Southampton on Friday.