Former Pakistani pacer, Wasim Akram heaped praises for star batsman, Babar Azam. He also believes that if Azam has to be in the list of elite-level batters, then the right-hander should be consistent like India’s captain, Virat Kohli.
Babar Azam was named the Player of the series as Pakistan clinched the three-match home ODI series against Zimbabwe by 2-1. Azam scored 221 runs including a century and a half-century. Earlier in the year, Babar Azam was made the ODI captain replacing Sarfaraz Ahmed.
I will be delighted if he becomes consistent like Kohli: Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram recently said that he doesn’t believe in comparisons. However, with several experts drawing parallels between the batting stalwarts of the neighbouring countries, Akram said that while Babar is a highly talented cricketer and shown excellence in all three formats, he still needs to get consistent like Virat Kohli. The former pacer advises Azam to take the comparisons positively. Both Kohli and Azam are in the top ten ICC rankings for all the three formats.
Wasim Akram told ANI, “I wouldn’t like to make any comparison but having said that, I would like to add that Babar Azam is an exceptional talent, he has shown his excellence in all formats, but in patches. I would be very happy if he can see the comparison positively and becomes consistent in his performance like Kohli.”
The World Cup-winning pacer talked about the cricketing ties between the two nations. Akram said that he wouldn’t comment on the government decision but feels that sports shouldn’t be a victim of politics.
He would love to see Pakistani players in the IPL and the Indian players playing in the PSL. The last bilateral series between the two sides was played in India in 2013, and since then, they play each other only in ICC tournaments and Asia Cup.
“I have always believed that sports shouldn’t be a victim of politics but that is a government subject of both countries and it won’t be apt for me to say anything. But as you said in the question itself, yes IPL is one of the most competitive domestic leagues in the cricketing world and I wish Pakistan youngsters get to be a part of it and I also wish to see Indian players playing in PSL,” he added.
Babar Azam is the skipper of the limited-overs side for Pakistan. After winning the ODI series, the three-match T20I series commences on November 7th. All the matches to take place in Rawalpindi.