Former Pakistan player-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja has thrown his weight behind Pakistan sensation Babar Azam to surpass Indian captain Virat Kohli’s mighty batting feats once he plays with a ‘free mind’. Babar is currently ranked No.5 in the ICC Test batsman rankings while being at the top of the world in T20Is.
“He has the potential to even beat Virat Kohli but he needs to free up [his mind] and not think about losing. As soon as he does that and thinks about scoring runs and winning, he will remain a great player for a very long time,” Ramiz was quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
“For Babar Azam, [the] sky is the limit. Until and unless he gets the environment which is encouraging and engaging, he won’t be able to live up to his potential,” Ramiz added.
Meanwhile, Babar himself recently ruled out any comparisons between him and the Indian batting great Kohli but wishes to emulate his feats for his own country Pakistan.
“Look he (Kohli) has already achieved a lot. He is a legend in his country. Honestly, there is no comparison with me right now but eventually, I also want to get where he is today,” Azam had said in the past.
“The media and people have drawn comparisons between me and Virat Kohli but I realize that I still need to get more runs in red-ball cricket to be ranked among the top players. That is why in recent months I have been focusing a lot on getting consistent scores in Test matches,” he added.
“I don’t feel any pressure if anyone compares me with Kohli or (Steve) Smith. I am now more focused on my batting and I spend hours watching videos of my innings. I catch my mistakes and then I try to ensure I don’t commit them again the next time,” he said.