Karachi: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who has overtaken Indian captain Virat Kohli, as the No.1 ranked ODI batsman, has revealed that Kohli gave him very useful advice regarding net sessions.
The 26-year old Babar talked to his teammate and friend Imam-ul-Haq in a candid interview released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Babar told Imam that he used to take his sessions not so seriously.
“Previously, I used to play at nets with a casual mind but slowly I overcame this. I understood that If I am not taking my sessions seriously, how can I perform in matches?,” Babar said.
“In this regard, I once talked to Virat Kohli and he told me to take net sessions as seriously as matches. If you get out and play rash shots in nets, subsequently you will do the same in a match,” he added.
“His advice helped me and now I don’t get satisfy with my batting at nets. If my net session doesn’t go well, I am disturbed throughout the day,” Babar maintained.
It must be noted that Babar is only the fourth Pakistani to reach the top of ICC ODI Rankings. Zaheer Abbas (1983-84), Javed Miandad (1988-89), and Mohammad Yousuf (2003) are the only three Pakistanis in the past to attain the top spot.