Babar Azam opens up about comparison with Kohli

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  1. chandtara
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has shrugged aside comparison with Indian star Virat Kohli saying both of them are different players.

    The 22-year-old, who has been compared on many occasions to the Indian right-hand batsman for his elegance and consistency, while talking to the media outside the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, said that his focus is on producing good performances for Pakistan.

    “I am different and Kohli is different,” said Babar in response to a question from the journalist. “My focus is on delivering for Pakistan and that’s my main objective.”

    The Karachi Kings star batsman further said that the team is focused 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.”

    Earlier, Pakistan middle-order batsman Umar Akmal said that the right man to compare to the Indian 28-year-old batsman would be Babar.

    “Compare Kohli with Babar, who is doing well at three,” said Akmal. “He is in great form so you can compare him with Babar and not me.”

    Also, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur praised Babar calling him an exceptional player to be. He then called him as a good 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.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1354190/babar-opens-comparison-kohli/
     
  2. London_Lahori
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    London_Lahori Tracer Bullet

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    It's really stupid to ask players on comparisons with other players.
     
  3. Del
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    First and foremost, it's beyond me why every ABC from Pakistan who performance well in hand full of games, somebody who's trying to find his feet in international cricket is compared with Kholi, who debuted 9 years ago, has played 56 Test, 179 ODI's and 48 T20, why? This obsession with Virat is sickening.

    Somebody will say, well journalist asked him the question about Kohli, so what should've said then? If I were in his shoes, then I would've said, "Next one please".

    Nevertheless, sensible response from Babar who said both are different players and his focus is to string good and consistent performances for his country.
     
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  4. Del
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    Del Cornered Tiger

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    It's basically boils down to one thing, these kind spicy news sells well. Our "awam" likes to hear such kind of downright pathetic comparison news all the time.
     
  5. London_Lahori
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    London_Lahori Tracer Bullet

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    Unfortunate truth, the media is like The Sun, but literally every outlet is like that.
     
  6. Del
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    Del Cornered Tiger

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    Both are culprits, media and Pakistani (not generalising, but majority is). People like to hear such kind of garam masala news, whilst media always sniff for such highlights and always try to put words in others mouth.

    Nevertheless, shambolic generalism.
     
  7. Shaz130
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    Shaz130 Talented

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    I hope he becomes a better player than Kohli.
     
  8. London_Lahori
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    London_Lahori Tracer Bullet

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    I hope he becomes 80% of the player Kohli is. That would be phenomenal for Pakistan.

    Any player better than Kohli will be top 5 ATG.
     
  9. Patriot
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    good answer, finally someone with a brain from Akmal tribe
     
  10. Bilal123
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    Bilal123 Tracer Bullet

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    If Babar was to ever become as good as Kohli then Pakistans batting problems will be solved.
    The team bats around Kohli and if Babar was good then the rest would do so around him too.
    However there is no way that he will even be 80% as good as him.
    He will end up as another Moyo at best
     
  11. Munna
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    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

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    Its only Pakistanis who fancy comparing their players with Kohli. You don't see such comparisons being made for batsmen like Root, Smith etc.
     
  12. Don Quixote
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    Don Quixote Whispering Death

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    Our problem is bowling.
     
  13. Energy
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    Energy Cornered Tiger

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    First comparing our batsmen against Tendulkar, now against Kohli.
     
  14. Shaz130
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    Shaz130 Talented

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    He looks like he has potiential. Just needs to keep working hard and stay commited to the team cause. I would like him to develop some more shots so he finds gaps frequently.
     
  15. Omar
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    Omar Cricistan Moderator

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    Idiotic to compare someone who is on his way to becoming a great to someone who has just started off in international cricket with promise which is about it.

    Nothing more and nothing less.
     

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