Babar Azam: I watch the way Kohli bats and try to learn

Babar, who scored a brilliant 63 in Pakistan’s victory over England, is a key player for Pakistan as his side seeks its maiden World Cup win over India.

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam believes that the side's Champions Trophy victory over India would give it confidence in Manchester.   -  Getty Images

It is adulation that spills across the border. Babar Azam, Pakistan’s talented batsman, draws inspiration from India captain Virat Kohli. “I watch his batting and the way he bats in various conditions and try to learn from them. His (Kohli's) winning ratio is higher (for India) so I am trying to achieve that as well,” Babar told the media at Old Trafford on Friday.

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But on Sunday, when Pakistan takes on India in a World Cup game, Babar and his team-mates would remember their ICC Champions Trophy final victory over India at the Oval in 2017. Pakistan had won that match by a whopping 180 runs. “The Champions Trophy win gave us confidence and will help here as well because the team is mostly the same and that win is always an inspiration,” Babar said.

Looking ahead at Sunday’s clash, Babar said: “The whole team is positive so we are looking forward to the match. Not only me but all the players want to finish on a high. No doubt, India has a good bowling attack but we have played well against England, who also has a very good pace attack so all of us are confident.”