Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, revealed that he received useful advice from his Indian counterpart, Virat Kohli, on how to improve his batting and performances in the international circuit. Babar revealed that Kohli told him to give his all during the net practice sessions, as it will prepare him better for the match.
Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) official account released a video of Babar Azam being interviewed by Imam-ul-Haq across various social media channels, where Babar talked about his journey to the top of the ICC ODI batsman rankings and also about Kohli’s advice.
Babar said,” Previously, I used to play at nets with a casual mind, but slowly I overcame this. I understood that if I am not taking my sessions seriously, how can I perform in matches?”
“I once talked to Virat Kohli in this regard, and he told me to take net sessions as seriously as matches. If you get out and play rash shots in nets, you will do the same in a match. His advice helped me, and now, I do not get satisfied with my batting at nets. If my net session does not go well, I am disturbed throughout the day,” he added.
Babar reached the summit of the ICC ODI batsman rankings, surpassing Kohli, who had held onto the position for almost four years. Babar said that it is another milestone in his career and his next ambition is to become the best batsman in Test cricket.