Archive photo of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam.© AFP
Star Indian batter Virat Kohli opened up his comparison with Pakistani captain Babar Azam ahead of the much anticipated clash between the two arch-rivals in the Asian Cup on Sunday. Kohli revealed he first met Babar during the 2019 World Cup and said the Pakistani star always treated him with “respect and respect”, and that hasn’t changed despite growing in stature. Kohli currently hailed Babar as “the best batsman in the world in all formats” and also said he is the kind of player that world cricket needs.
“The first interaction I had with him was the 2019 World Cup after the Manchester game. He and Imad (Wasim). I have known Imad since Under-19 cricket, we played against each other and Imad said Babar had a chat’ , Kohli said in a chat with Star Sports.
“We sat down and talked about the game. I saw a lot of respect and respect from him and that hasn’t changed, regardless of the fact that he is probably the best batsman in the world right now across all formats, performing so consistently,” said the former India skipper.
“And rightly so, he has amazing talent and I’ve always enjoyed watching him play. So that hasn’t changed. He’s performing now and he’s coming into his own, but I don’t see his attitude or his approach changing towards from me, which is a very good sign of someone very rooted in their upbringing,” Kohli continued.
“Also, his cricket foundations are very solid. So these kinds of players, these kinds of characters go a long way and inspire a lot of people. And I see that happening with him too,” he said.
Kohli was seen talking to Babar ahead of the Asian Cup.
“I congratulated him yesterday on how he played and told him how great it is to watch and I wish him all the best,” Kohli revealed.
“And he deserves all this. And in the end you need players like him to keep cricket in the world exciting,” he said.
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