Ahead of this iconic India vs Pakistan encounter, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam showered accolades upon India’s star batsman Virat Kohli, sharing the valuable lessons and insights he gained from him.
Babar, who scored a majestic 151 runs off just 131 balls in their Asia Cup 2023 opener against Nepal in Multan, also took a nostalgic journey down memory lane, recounting a meeting with Virat back in 2019.
“I have learned a lot from Kohli – a big player like Kohli says something good about you, it gives a lot of confidence. It was a proud moment for me,” Babar Azam told Star Sports.
“When I met Virat Kohli in 2019. He was at his peak. Now also he is at his peak. I asked him a few questions about the batting approach and he was kind enough to explain to me in so much detail. I got a lot of help from it,” he added.
Babar’s comment came after Virat praised the Pakistan captain last year.
“I saw a lot of regard and respect from him from day one. That hasn’t changed regardless of the fact that he is the top batsman in world across formats at the moment. I don’t see his attitude and approach changing towards me,” Kohli had said.
The Asia Cup is being played in the ODI format as a dress rehearsal for the ICC World Cup to be played in October-November in India.