They’re opposites as I see it, says Matthew Hayden of Virat Kohli’s confrontation with Babar Azam


Matthew Hayden drew comparisons between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam and said the former India T20I captain is very boisterous on the pitch, while the Pakistani skipper is not overly flashy. Hayden further added that Babar’s consistency in reacting to a ball is “second to none”.

India began their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan and suffered a resounding 10 wicket defeat to their historic rivals. However, before the match, there had been a lot of confrontations between Pakistani skipper Babar Azam and his Indian counterpart. Virat Kohli. Both captains have numerous club records, but Babar has been the constant performer in the recent past.

In the lasts ICC T20I hitter ranking, Virat Kohli was relegated to eighth after his under par run in the main event. On the other hand, Babar took the top spot with his stellar batting performance at the ongoing 2021 T20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Pakistan batting coach Matthew Hayden highlighted a big difference between the two world-class cricketers. Hayden reckons Kohli is very lively and boisterous on the pitch, while Babar is stable and not overly flashy. The former Australian cricketer also added that Babar is a young captain, but he learns fast.

“Babar and his personality are, as you see, what you get. He’s very consistent. He’s very stable. He’s not overly flashy,” Hayden said during an interaction with Pakistani reporters in Dubai.

“They are opposites as I see it. Babar is pretty calm most of the time and plays his captain role and beats meticulously while Kohli is very animated, very passionate and very boisterous on the pitch.

“Babar is still young as a captain, but from what I have seen he is learning every day and learning fast,” he added.

Babar, who opened innings for Pakistan in six games of the current 2021 T20 World Cup, scored 303 points with an impressive 60.60 average. Reflecting on Babar’s batting techniques, Hayden said the 27-year-old has a solid temperament and his consistency in reacting to a ball is second to none.

“I think I see that Babar has a lot of control when he bats and has a solid temperament. Just to give you an idea of ​​that talent, his ability to constantly react to the ball is second to none from what I’ve seen. someone who is a very good player.

“I think his consistency comes from these attributes: how he reacts quickly and how fast he learns things,” Hayden said.

While Virat Kohli’s team made an early exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup, Babar Azam and his men made it to the semifinals of the ICC mega event, and later suffered a five-wicket defeat to the club. Australia in the playoffs.

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