Virat Kohli can improve technique by seeing Babar Azam so that he doesn’t get trapped: Aaqib Javed
Babar Azam starred in the three-match series against South Africa, scoring 103, 31, and 94 to help Pakistan win it 2-1.
Updated - Apr 11, 2021 4:34 pm
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has been the center of attraction for quite some time now owing to his spectacular performance in the three-match ODI series against South Africa. The right-handed batsman starred in the three-match series, scoring 103, 31, and 94 to help Pakistan win it 2-1. The Pakistan Stalwart is also likely to leapfrog batting maestro Virat Kohli to attain the number 1 position in the ODI batsmen rankings by ICC.
Former Pakistan pacer and the head coach of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) side Lahore Qalandars, Aaqib Javed seemed impressed with Azam as he heaped praises on the 26-year-old saying that he is technically more safe and sound and doesn’t have any week areas just like Sachin Tendulkar.
The veteran also believes that Virat Kohli can take some help from Babar to play the swing ball better. Further, Javed reckoned that one thing that the Pakistan skipper needs to learn from the modern-day great Kohli is how to improve one’s fitness as that will make him an even better player.
“Virat Kohli has a better range [of shots] as compared to Babar Azam but he also has one area of weakness. If the ball swings, he tends to get trapped around the off-stump such as against [James] Anderson in England,” said Javed as quoted by Cricket Pakistan
Babar Azam is 50 percent of Pakistan’s batting: Aaqib Javed
“When you look at Babar, you don’t see any weak areas. Just like, [Sachin] Tendulkar who also didn’t have any weak areas. Babar is technically more safe and sound but if he follows Kohli’s fitness routine he will become an even better player. Meanwhile, Kohli can improve his technique by looking at Babar so that he doesn’t get trapped,” he added.
Aaqib believes that Pakistan is lucky to have a talent like Babar Azam on their side as he forms 50 percent of the team’s batting and has single-handedly put the team on the right track.
“During the past two or three years, Babar Azam is 50 percent of Pakistan’s batting. I never thought that he would be this consistent and even go past Virat Kohli [in ODI rankings]. Pakistan is very lucky, he came when the team was struggling and has single-handedly put the team on the right track. Even, captaincy hasn’t affected his form,” he concluded.