'He takes the attack to the bowlers regardless of format' - Haider Ali idolises Rohit Sharma
Haider Ali has declared his admiration for Indian cricketing great Rohit Sharma, admitting that he wants to emulate the star player's attacking style of batting.
19-year-old Haider has experienced a meteoric rise over the past year culminating in his selection for the England tour where he is poised to make his debut in the white-ball format.
Haider's progression to the competitive level later saw him turn out for Peshawar Zalmi in the unfinished Pakistan Super League. His aggressive approach at the top of the order paid dividends as he scored at a steep strike rate throughout his successful run in the HBL PSL.
Smitten by Rohit's similar role for the Indian team, Haider stated that the 33-year-old was his main source of inspiration.
"Rohit Sharma is my role model because of the way he gives the Indian team a start. It's amazing," the teenager told reporters in a teleconference.
"Whether it's a Test, one-day international or a Twenty20, he comes with a [set] thinking and takes the attack to the bowlers. I want to give the same start to the Pakistan team."
Haider's comments on Rohit come amidst fragile political relations between rival nations India and Pakistan, whose cricketing ties with each other are restricted to ICC events.
Rohit has soared in glory in recent years, establishing his status as one of the all-time greats in limited-overs cricket.
He boasts an astonishing tally of three double hundreds in ODIs including a stunning world record 264 that came against Sri Lanka in 2014.
Rohit, who has gradually found his way into the Test team as well, averages in excess of 50 against Pakistan with his previous outing versus the familiar foes seeing him rack up 140 at the 2019 World Cup.
Haider lauded Rohit's unwavering consistency and praised his ability to reach milestones with effortless elegance.
"Once he reaches 50 he thinks for 100, and on 100 he thinks of 150," he said.
Pakistan's touring party, comprising of 29 players and 14 members of the support personnel, will travel to England next week and spend 14 days in quarantine before they begin preparations for the Test series.