ICC World Cup 2019: Babar Azam is the Virat Kohli of Pakistan States Michael Clarke
Former Australia World Cup-winning skipper Michael Clarke heaped praise on Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam and considers himself as the Virat Kohli of the Pakistan batting line-up. Even in the earlier years, Babar Azam was considered as one of the most intense rivals with Virat Kohli. However, the Indian skipper has taken his game to a whole new level and that is the reason why the Pakistan star has fallen behind. However, there is no doubt about the fact that he is the best batsman n the Pakistan batting line-up.
Over the years Azam has been one of the most consistent batsmen for Pakistan and will be one of the important members for them for the 2019 showpiece event. He boasts of a sensational ODI record. He has scored 2739 runs in 64 clashes at a staggering average of 51.68. Michael Clarke praised Babar Azam after he scored a brilliant 112 of 108 deliveries against Afghanistan. However, his century went in vain as Afghanistan won the game with a couple of balls to spare.
Clarke believes that if Pakistan hopes to go through to the semi-final then a lot will depend on Babar Azam. “Babar Azam is real class no doubt about that,” Michael Clarke said while commentating. “For me, he’s the Virat Kohli of Pakistan’s line up. If Pakistan [want] to qualify for the semi-finals or final, a lot will depend on his young shoulders.”
Babar Azam will certainly be one of the main players for Pakistan in the World Cup and will look to make an impression for them. It will be the maiden World Cup for him and will look to make a mark in his first showpiece event.
Pakistan won’t be impressed after losing their opening warm-up clash against Afghanistan. Babar Azam put up a good performance but it wasn’t enough to secure a victory for Pakistan. Pakistan will face Bangladesh in their 2nd World Cup warm-up clash. Meanwhile, they will start the main tournament on 31st May against the Windies.
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