India vs Pakistan: One has to be on top of his game to compete against cricketer like Virat Kohli, says Babar Azam

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India vs Pakistan: One has to be on top of his game to compete against cricketer like Virat Kohli, says Babar Azam
India vs Pakistan: One has to be on top of his game to compete against cricketer like Virat Kohli, says Babar Azam

India vs Pakistan: One has to be on top of his game to compete against cricketer like Virat Kohli, says Babar Azam

India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli may be going through a lean patch, Pakistan captain Babar Azam remarked on Saturday that facing up against the Indian star is exceedingly difficult and that one must be at the top of his game.

“Nothing is easy in life. There are challenges everywhere. It is up to you how you achieve things in life and how you overcome the challenges you face. Virat is still one of the best batters world cricket,” Babar said on the eve of the blockbuster Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan.

“How you compete against a player like him, and that too in different conditions, is very important.”

The Pakistani star batter once more offered encouragement to Kohli, saying that an athlete must be extremely resilient to bounce back from setbacks.

“Every cricketer, if you ask me, faces ups and downs in their career. It’s not that there is only success and no failures. You really need a strong mindset to handle things in life that often do not go in your favour,” Babar said.

India vs Pakistan: One has to be on top of his game to compete against cricketer like Virat Kohli, says Babar Azam
India vs Pakistan: One has to be on top of his game to compete against cricketer like Virat Kohli, says Babar Azam
Last year’s T20 World Cup win is a thing of past now

Babar denied claims that Sunday’s match between the two teams will be as one-sided as the T20 World Cup match in which Pakistan humiliated India and won their first-ever World Cup match against their arch-rivals.

“Honestly, that game is a thing of past now. It won’t have an impact on Sunday’s match. I am completely focused on tomorrow’s game. The teams are kind of different, the conditions are different. Although as a side we are confident, we won’t talk big ahead of the game. We wish to prove it on the field. As a captain, I am ready to give my 100 percent,” he said.

“Every cricket lover around the world waits for this clash. We, as cricketers also enjoy taking part in it. Both the teams try their best to keep their respective fans happy.”

Always love interacting with the Indian players

The Pakistani skipper open about how much he enjoys talking to the Indian players before important matches.

“Yes, we love interacting with them. As cricketers, it is important we do that. I think it is pretty normal thing to do that. We do the same with the other teams as well,” Babar said.

Shaheen’s absence is a big factor

Babar made a suggestion that the absence of prominent left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi has slightly altered the game’s dynamics and that, had the 22-year-old participated, things would have gone differently.

“Of course. Had Shaheen played the game against India tomorrow, things could have been in our favour. But he is out now. Having said that, our other fast bowlers are quite good and ready to deliver for the side,’ Babar said.

Not taking the Indian bowlers lightly

Babar stated that even though India will be without the services of renowned pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, they can’t afford to underestimate the Indian attack.

“Not any particular bowler, but I am taking every bowler quite seriously. I always do that as a batsman, irrespective of the fact, who I face. Every team has their top bowlers, and as a batsman you always have to ready yourself to face them. They can give you a tough time at any given moment,” Babar said.