MANCHESTER: Pakistan batsman Babar Azam fashions himself on Virat Kohli and is getting ready for Sunday’s high-voltage World Cup conflict between the arch-rivals by watching movies of the Indian captain.
Babar, who scored a superb 63 in Pakistan’s victory over England, is a key participant for Pakistan as his facet seeks its maiden World Cup win over India.
“I watch his batting and the way in which he bats in varied circumstances and attempt to study from them,” Babar advised reporters on Friday.
“His (Kohli’s) profitable ratio is larger (for India) so I’m making an attempt to realize that as properly,” the 24 year-old right-handed batsman mentioned.
Babar mentioned his facet would take inspiration from their Champions Trophy remaining victory over India two years in the past.
“The Champions Trophy win gave us confidence and also will assist right here as properly as a result of the crew is usually the identical and that win is at all times an inspiration,” he mentioned.
Pakistan suffered a 124-run defeat in opposition to India within the opening match of the Champions Trophy however hit again by crushing their arch-rivals within the remaining. Their 180-run win on the Oval is the most important over India in all ODIs.
“That win can by no means go off our recollections and it is a huge inspiration. We’re properly ready for this match as a result of India and Pakistan matches are thrilling and demanding and the entire world watches it,” Babar mentioned.
“The entire crew is optimistic so we’re wanting ahead to the match. Not solely me however all of the gamers wish to end on a excessive, whoever hits kind desires to win it.”
Requested about India’s deadly assault led by world primary ODI bowler Jasprit Bumeah, he mentioned, “Little doubt, India have a great bowling assault however we have now performed properly in opposition to England who even have an excellent tempo assault so all of us are assured the Indian tempo assault might be correctly dealt with.” PTI PDS PDS BS BS