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Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower has revealed that batsman Babar Azam reminds him a lot of India captain Virat Kohli due to his hunger to succeed.
Flower’s comments come after Azam led Pakistan to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the World Cup on Wednesday with his unbeaten knock of 101, which came off 127 balls and included 11 boundaries.
Azam’s knock at Edgbaston earned him the Man of the Match award and helped Pakistan keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive. It also led to New Zealand suffering their first loss in the tournament.
Flower admitted that he is highly impressed with Azam’s determination to be among the best, and firmly believes that he will get there.
“He’s got Virat’s hunger. I think he could be [as good as him] at some point in the future,” Flower was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “He’s definitely got that hunger, so if you practice as hard as he does, and you have his skills, I can’t see why he can’t get to the top.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.