Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam has often been compared to former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli mainly owing to his hunger to score runs. The Pakistan captain took social media by storm with his “this too shall pass” tweet supporting Kohli, when the former India captain was witnessing a challenging phase. Amid all this, very few have even thought about drawing similarities between Babar Azam and Rohit Sharma. But in a recent press conference, Babar has given rise to the comparison with Rohit.
Peshawar captain Babar Azam did a Rohit Sharma by coming back with a hilarious reply to a journalist who wanted his opinion about Karachi Kings’ struggles in the ongoing PSL. Karachi have lost four matches (three of them in the last over) this season. Babar was asked about the improvements Karachi needs to make in order to stage a comeback in the league.
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After his team suffered a loss against Islamabad United, Babar Azam said, “Am I their coach? Why are you asking me about them? let’s talk about today’s match.” The answer had uncanny similarities to Rohit’s reply to a Pakistani journalist’s question during the 2019 ODI World Cup. Rohit Said, If I become the coach of Pakistan, I can tell. What will I say now.”
As far as the PSL was concerned, fast bowler Hasan Ali bowled a spell of 3-35 and Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a crucial knock of 62 off 31 balls in their first game of this season to spearhead two-time champions Islamabad United’s six-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi on Thursday.
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Gurbaz capitalized on two dropped catches by James Neesham and surpassed the 50-run mark off 24 balls as Islamabad raced to 159-4 with 31 balls to spare and notched their second win in three games. Young Pakistan power-hitter Mohammad Haris (40) and Babar both showed aggression in the batting powerplay as Peshawar motored to 69-0 in the first six overs.
Both smashed nine boundaries and two sixes against pacers in the powerplay and didn’t spare Hasan, who conceded 17 in his first over. Islamabad captain Shadab Khan broke the threatening stand when Haris scooped a return catch to the leg-spinner as he tried to play against the spin.