Babar Azam expresses that receiving admiration from Virat Kohli is a source of pride.

Receiving commendation and applause from a seasoned and exceptional cricketer, especially one hailing from the rival team’s ranks, holds immense significance for Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam. His perspective on being acknowledged by the Indian cricket luminary, Virat Kohli, is notably insightful.

ZRM News the leader of Pakistan’s national cricket team conveyed that the recognition he received from Virat Kohli is a source of deep pride and elation. This gesture from the distinguished Indian player holds considerable value in his eyes and elicits positive emotions.

In an interview with an Indian news channel, conducted in the lead-up to the anticipated clash between the arch-rivals in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023, scheduled for Saturday (September 2) in Kandy, Sri Lanka, the skipper of the Green Shirts expressed, “It’s truly heartening to receive such comments about oneself. The way Virat Kohli articulated his appreciation for me is undoubtedly a matter of pride.”

Babar Azam, aged 28, presently holds the prestigious title of being the top-ranked ODI batter globally, in addition to securing a position within the top echelons of Test and T20I rankings. As anticipation builds for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2023, set to transpire in India later this year, all eyes are firmly fixed on his performance.


Reflecting on his initial interaction with the 34-year-old Indian cricketer, Babar reminisced, “During the 2019 World Cup, I had the opportunity to meet him. At that juncture, he was at the pinnacle of his career, a status he continues to uphold. I was keen on gleaning insights from him. Our exchange was incredibly enlightening, as he generously addressed the queries I posed and provided comprehensive explanations. This encounter greatly bolstered my confidence.”

The admiration and insights exchanged between these two cricketing stalwarts stand as a testament to the camaraderie and mutual respect that transcends the boundaries of the sport.

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