Former India captain Virat Kohli is all set to return to the game in the Asia Cup in the much-anticipated match between India and Pakistan on Sunday after taking a month-long break. Kohli, who rested during the white-ball tour of West Indies and Zimbabwe, has been going through a lean patch for quite some time now. However, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has shared a message for him as well ahead of the game.
Babar Azam has extended his support to out-of-form Virat Kohli, saying that one has to be on top of his game to match the Indian. “Nothing is easy in life. There are challenges everywhere. It is up to you how you achieve things in life and how you overcome the challenges you face. Virat is still one of the best batters world cricket,” Babar said on the eve of the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan.
“How you compete against a player like him, and that too in different conditions, is very important. Every cricketer, if you ask me, faces ups and downs in their career. It’s not that there is only success and no failures. You really need a strong mindset to handle things in life that often do not go in your favour,” Babar Azam again added.
However, they met recently before Team India’s practice session in Dubai. In a video shared by the BCCI, Kohli was seen exchanging greetings with him as well.
“Honestly, that game is a thing of past now. It won’t have an impact on Sunday’s match. I am completely focused on tomorrow’s game. The teams are kind of different, the conditions are different. Although as a side we are confident, we won’t talk big ahead of the game. We wish to prove it on the field. As a captain, I am ready to give my 100 per cent. Every cricket lover around the world waits for this clash. We, as cricketers also enjoy taking part in it. Both the teams try their best to keep their respective fans happy,” Babar Azam concluded.