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Play Kohli at six to compare with me - Akmal
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Play Kohli at six to compare with me - Akmal

“When people compare me with Kohli, it’s a matter of number. Since Kohli’s debut he is batting at number three and I have been batting at number six.”


Umar Akmal has broken his silence on his perennial comparison with Indian Test captain Virat Kohli.


Donning Lahore Qalandars’ colours in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, Akmal scored a blasting 66 against Islamabad United that formed the basis of his side’s one-wicket win.



In the 42-ball knock at Sharjah, Akmal struck eight 4s and three 6s. Following his man-of-the-match performance, he told GulfNews: “Let me play at three and him [Virat Kohli] on six then draw the comparison.”


“When people compare me with Kohli, it’s a matter of number. Since Kohli’s debut he is batting at number three and I have been batting at number six.”


Akmal had been longing to bat at one-drop for a long time. Last year a video in which he could be seen pleading Legendary Pakistan captain Imran Khan to push team management for his promotion up the order went viral during the World T20.



The spot, however, has now been secured by his cousin Babar Azam.


“Compare Kohli with Babar Azam,” Akmal said, adding, “Who is doing well on three, he is in great form so you can compare him with Babar and not me.”