Stop comparing Umar to Kohli, says Kamran Akmal

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“Umar is talented and if he is given a chance to bat higher up in the order like Kohli, I think he can also make a bigger impact and improve rapidly as a player”

Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has called on the cricketing community to stop comparing his younger brother, Umar, to India vice-captain Virat Kohli due to the fact that they don’t bat at the same spot.

“Umar has not been consistent because he is in and out of the team and plus he does not bat at a regular position in the batting order,” Kamran said on the Geo Super channel. “You have to see that Kohli has been batting regularly for India at number three and his confidence and skills have grown. Umar has not got this opportunity.

“Umar is talented and if he is given a chance to bat higher up in the order like Kohli, I think he can also make a bigger impact and improve rapidly as a player. When you have more overs to face, you play with more freedom.”

Kamran also refused to comment on head coach Dav Whatmore’s decision to transform Umar into a wicketkeeper-batsman.

“If they have taken a decision then it is good for Umar,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kamran added that Pakistan were in desperate need of a full-time batting coach and he even hinted that it should be the legendary Inzamam-ul-Haq.

“When Inzamam-ul-Haq spent sometime with the team before we went to India last December it made a difference to us,” he said. “I think if Inzi bhai is brought in as batting coach, it will definitely be beneficial for our batsmen and their confidence will grow.”

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