Biggest influence on me as a leader, Tom Abell on inspiring Pakistan player who leads from the front

Tom Abell said Azhar Ali has been the biggest influence on him as a leader

Tom Abell: “I think possibly the biggest influence [on me] has been Azhar as a leader”

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Somerset captain Tom Abell said former Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali has been the biggest influence on him as a leader.

Azhar has played for Somerset in the past and Abell said that the veteran top order batsman is an inspiring person.

“I think possibly the biggest influence [on me] has been Azhar as a leader because I look at the sort of person that he is and, you know, his values. What he sort of invests in cricket and in life as a whole, and just how he goes about things day to day I think was really inspiring for me,” Abell said in a video posted by Somerset on Twitter.

In response, Azhar said: “As a player, nothing means more to me than being an influence. Thank you Tom Abell means a lot!”

Abell, 27, has been in magnificent form in the ongoing County Championship season as he has accumulated 529 runs in seven matches, which includes a century and three fifties, at an average of 66.12.

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