Babar Azam can match Kohli: Grant Flower
Pakistan ace batsman Babar Azam is garnering immense praises from cricket experts just like India’s Virat Kohli. What Kohli means to India is the same what Babar Azam means to Pakistan. The productive batsman has been superb in terms of consistency. His will to score runs quickly sets him a class apart from other Pakistan batsmen.
Azam who has all the talent to make his presence count in the big game has been one of the team’s most consistent batsmen in 2019. Even country’s batting coach Grant Flower is not surprised with the way Azam is going about his business.
Flower reckons that Babar Azam has got Indian skipper’s curiosity and the talent to match Virat Kohli’s feat in the times to come.
Babar was the star for Pakistan vs New Zealand
Babar played a match-winning knock of 101* off 127 balls against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday and helped the team to keep their hopes alive of reaching the semis in the ongoing World Cup tourney.
“He’s (Babar) got Virat’s hunger. I think he could be at some point in the future. He’s definitely got that hunger, so if you practice as hard as he does, and you have his skills, I can’t see why he can’t get to the top,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) quoted Flower, as saying.
“He’s (Babar) had flu over the last couple of days. Tuesday was the first time I’ve not seen him hit any balls the day before a match. Confidence-wise, this is definitely his best one (century),” Flower said.
“I’ve seen him get quite a few hundreds on pretty flat wickets, but this was a tough wicket – it was turning, Ferguson was bowling fast and there was a lot of pressure because of the context of the tournament,” he added.
Pakistan batting coach also added that Babar can have a really good future if he manages to keep his feet on the ground.
“He is very special. I believe he is going to be one of the best that Pakistan have ever produced. He’s really hungry, is fit and still very young. I think he’ll have a really good career if he keeps his feet on the ground, which I think he will,” Flower said.