“I can’t tell you the details about…”: Babar Azam’s Epic Reply On His Comparisons With Virat Kohli

The cricketing world is abuzz with anticipation as the Asia Cup 2023 prepares to showcase a breathtaking clash between two cricketing giants: India and Pakistan. This encounter is not just any match; it’s the first One Day International (ODI) showdown between these arch-rivals since the 2019 World Cup. With Pakistan riding high on the momentum of their dominant victory over Nepal and India’s batting prowess in the spotlight, this promises to be a cricketing spectacle like no other.

Pakistan made a resounding statement in their tournament’s opening match, crushing Nepal by a commanding 238-run margin. This victory showcased their formidable strength and signaled their intent to conquer the Asia Cup. Under the leadership of Babar Azam, Pakistan is currently ranked as the no.1 side in the ODI format, and many cricket pundits believe they have the edge over India in the upcoming clash.

While the clash between India’s batting lineup and Pakistan’s pace trio is a focal point, this match has an equally captivating sub-plot: the showdown between two cricketing maestros, Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. These two batters are often compared due to their remarkable consistency and match-winning abilities.

With his illustrious career, Virat Kohli brings a wealth of experience to the table. He has a remarkable track record of match-winning performances that have earned him a place among cricket’s all-time greats. On the other hand, Babar Azam, the rising star of Pakistani cricket, is carving his path to greatness. Despite the comparisons, both players are the linchpins of their respective squads.

What sets this clash apart is the profound mutual respect between Kohli and Babar. In a recent press conference, Babar Azam emphasized his respect for Kohli and the valuable lessons he has learned from the Indian captain. Babar acknowledged that while comparisons are inevitable, they both hold each other in high regard.

“Let’s leave the debate to the fans who do it. I don’t want to comment on it, and everyone has a point of view. There’s mutual respect. He’s elder to me, and I have been taught to respect our elders, no matter which country they are from,” said Babar.

Babar further explained, “I learned a lot from him. When I started my career, I listened to many of his interviews. In 2019, I talked to him, and it also helped me. I can’t tell you the details about it. The mutual understanding between players, from all countries, not just India, is pretty well.”

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In a heartwarming display of sportsmanship, Virat Kohli praised Babar Azam, calling him the “best.” Kohli highlighted the consistency and attitude of the Pakistan captain, emphasizing the impact such characters have on the cricketing world.

“I saw a lot of respect from him from Day 1. That hasn’t changed. However, he is probably the best batsman in the world across all formats. He has been consistent. I have enjoyed watching him play. He is coming into his own. I haven’t seen his attitude change towards me. These kind of characters go a long way and inspire people,” Kohli said in an interaction with Star Sports.

As the Asia Cup 2023 gears up for this monumental clash, the cricketing fraternity can’t help but marvel at the blend of talent, sportsmanship, and mutual respect that defines this rivalry. It’s more than just a match; it’s a celebration of the spirit of cricket.

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