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12:00 AM, June 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:07 AM, June 23, 2019

Afridi wants Babar to be like Kohli

Babar Azam was criticised by Shahid Afridi for being unable to score more than 50 or 60 runs per innings, to deliver match-winning performances like Indian skipper Virat Kohli does.

The former Pakistan all-rounder hit out at Azam for failing to convert his good start into big knocks. “It is my hope that Babar Azam will become a bigger player like Virat Kohli. But he won’t become that player if he plays 50-60 balls, scores 50-60 runs but doesn’t help Pakistan win the game,” said Afridi in an interview.

Azam, who scored 48 off 57 balls against India in the World Cup match was also criticised recently by former pacer Shoaib Akhtar. Akhtar had also slammed Azam saying that if the 24-year-old really idolises Indian skipper Virat Kohli, he should also be able to pick up the knack of providing game-changing performances like the Indian batsman does.

Babar Azam, who has nine centuries in ODIs was in good form in the series against England prior to the World Cup. He will be next up against South Africa bowling attack at Lord’s on Sunday.


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