Babar endeavours to achieve Kohli's level of success
Pakistan's batting sensation Babar Azam has disclosed his desire to match India captain Virat Kohli's astonishing levels of consistency ahead of the tense clash between the two Asian giants on Sunday at Old Trafford.
Babar has emerged as Pakistan's most reliable batter since his debut and the team would be banking on his contributions to overturn their embarrassing record against India in World Cups.
Meanwhile, Babar has admitted he seeks inspiration from Kohli's compact technique and aspires to learn from his exquisite stroke play by browsing videos of the world number one ODI batsman.
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Pakistan have not had a great tournament campaign, achieving just one win in four games and are placed second to last in the points table.
Their sole victory came against World Cup hosts England where Babar's fluent 66-ball 63 paved the way for Pakistan to post the towering total of 348-8.
Although the hostile attitude of certain sections of the passionate fanbases across both countries tends to create a perception of enmity between the players, Babar has debunked the myth by admitting his habit of watching Kohli's batting to fine-tune his technique.
"I watch his batting and the way he bats in various conditions and try to learn from them," Babar told reporters.
"I try to learn with experience. This is my process of learning, so I try my hundred per cent.
"His (Kohli) winning ratio is higher (for India) so I am trying to achieve that as well."
'Champions Trophy win gives us confidence'
The 24-year-old has claimed Pakistan's staggering Champions Trophy final win over India two years ago still reigns fresh in the memories of the players and that serves as a confidence booster when they take on the arch-rivals on Sunday.
"The Champions Trophy win gave us confidence and will also help here as well because the team is mostly the same and that win is always an inspiration," Babar said.
Pakistan had been beaten in a one-sided contest in their opening match of the Champions Trophy by India before making a dramatic comeback to achieve their biggest margin of victory against the bitter foes in the all-important final.
"That win can never go off our memories and it's a big inspiration," he said.
'Will be able to properly handle Indian pace attack'
Babar downplayed the extent of pressure on the team in terms of the colossal number of fans that tune in to watch the India-Pakistan clash and insisted they will be further motivated to put on their best performance.
"We are well prepared for this match because India and Pakistan matches are exciting and demanding and the whole world watches it," Babar said.
"The whole team is positive so we are looking forward to the match. Not only me but all the players want to finish on a high, whoever hits form wants to win it."
Contrary to teams of the past, India's current pace attack spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah has been troubling opposing sides frequently but Babar feels Pakistan have the firepower to nullify their effect.
"No doubt, India have a good bowling attack but we have played well against England who also have a very good pace attack so all of us are confident the Indian pace attack will be properly handled," Babar said.