Babar Azam has often been compared to India skipper Virat Kohli but Pakistan's young batsman said that there was no comparison between him and the Indian run-machine. While the Pakistan cricketer called himself a "beginner", he dubbed Kohli as a "great batsman". Azam, in a chat session on micro-blogging site Twitter, answered a fan who asked him how he feels when called 'Kohli of Pakistan'. "#AskBabarAzam ager Apko #viratkholi off Pakistan kaha jai to apko kaisa lage g @babarazam258,"a fan Soomrowaqar99? asked.
Azam didn't take much time and replied: "There is no comparison. @imVkohli is a great batsman and I am just a beginner. But I would like to be recalled as Babar Azam of Pakistan :)"
Last year, Pakistan's coach also compared Azam to Kohli, saying the 22-year-old reminds him of the India skipper at the same age.
"He (Azam) is a young gun who will be an exceptional player. I'll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he's as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that's high praise but he's right up there," Arthur told Perth's 6PR radio ahead of Pakistan's sole warm-up match for their three-Test series against Australia in December last year.
Azam scored 46 runs off 52 balls in Pakistan's ICC Champions Trophy 2017 title triumph over India in June earlier this year.
The 22-year-old has played 31 ODIs so far in his career, scoring 1455 runs at an average of 53.88. He has six fifties and five centuries to his name.