Ahead of the India vs Pakistan match at the 2022 AFC Asian Cup, Virat Kohli praised the Men in Green skipper for his attitude towards the former Indian skipper and talked about his first encounter with Babar during the 2019 World Cup. As India prepares to begin its journey to defend the Asian Cup title, Kohli praised Babar Azam because of the attitude and respect he has for the Indian slugger.
“The first conversation with Babar Azam was after the 2019 World Cup, we sat down and talked a lot. He had a lot of respect that didn’t change even after he did so well in world cricket – he’s such a down to earth character, he’s going to come a long way as a player,” Kohli said in a chat with Star Sports.
In 2022, Azam was in great shape. He is the world’s leading batter in ODI and T20I formats, and is also ranked third in the test rankings. Across all formats this year, Azam played 15 games and scored 1,406 runs in 19 innings, averaging 78.11. His best individual score is 196. Five centuries and ten half centuries have come out of his willow this year.
“We sat down and talked about the game. I’ve seen a lot of attention and respect from him and that hasn’t changed despite the fact that he’s now probably the best batter in the world in all formats, playing so consistently.” Kolya said.
“And rightly so, he has an amazing talent and I have always enjoyed watching him play. So it hasn’t changed. Now he is performing and coming to his senses, but I do not see his attitude or his approach to me, which is a very good sign of someone who is very rooted in the basics of his upbringing.
He is probably the best batsman in the world right now across the whole format. He is an amazing talent and I always enjoy watching him play: Virat Kohli ok Babar Azam @babarazam258 @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/Xmrn4eZGQz— ٰImran Siddique (@imransiddique89) August 27, 2022
In the same interview, the former captain of the Indian national team also revealed that he did not touch his cricket bat during the break for a month.
“For the first time in 10 years, I haven’t touched my bat for a month. I came to the conclusion that recently I was trying to fake my intensity a bit. I told myself no, you had intensity. your body was telling you to stop. My mind was telling me to take a break and back off,” Kohli said.
“They look at me as a person who is very strong mentally, and I am. I am like that, but everyone has a limit and you have to recognize that limit or things can become unhealthy for you, so this period actually taught me a lot. that I was allowed to come to the surface and when I got it I accepted it. There is so much more to life than just your profession or when you create that kind of environment people look at your personality based on your profession and somewhere you start losing perspective as a person,” he added.