Babar Azam is great to watch play, and cricket needs guys like the Pakistani captain, according to former Indian captain and ace batter Virat Kohli.
In an interview, Kohli also emphasised how Babar has consistently shown him the utmost respect.
“The first interaction I had with him (Babar) was in the 2019 World Cup, after the game in Manchester, him and Imad Wasim — whom I’ve known since U-19 cricket because we played against each other.
“So, Imad said Babar wanted to have a chat, we sat down and spoke about the game. I saw a lot of regard and respect from him from day one,” Kohli recalled.
The star batter maintained that this hasn’t changed regardless of the fact that he’s probably the “top batsman in the world right now across formats, performing so consistently.”
“I don’t see his attitude or his approach changing towards me, which is a very good sign of someone who’s very grounded in the foundations of his upbringing and his cricketing foundations as well are very solid,” the former Indian captain mentioned.
Virat said that he has always enjoyed watching Babar play.
The Indian batter further added that players and characters like that of Babar “go a long way.”
“They inspire a lot of people, and I see that happening with him as well,” Virat said.
Speaking about his encounter with Babar at the teams’ joint practise sessions prior to their Asia Cup match, Virat said that he complimented Babar on how he has been performing and expressed how amazing it is to watch him play.
“I wished him all the best and he deserves all of this,” Kohli said.
“You need to have players like him to keep cricket exciting and that is the reality of the situation now,” the Indian cricketer concluded.