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Flower reckons Babar can be as good as Kohli

Flower reckons Babar can be as good as Kohli

Emulating Virat Kohli’s talent and achievements is everyone’s dream but only a few can match the tenacity and the commitment of the Indian captain. Pakistan batting coach, Grant Flower believes Babar Azam is well on the path to doing just that after his stylish century downed New Zealand.

In a must-win match, Babar oozed class on his way to an unbeaten hundred, guiding Pakistan to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the World Cup. With so much comparison being made between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, the 24-year-old’s recent hundred brought the discussion to the fore again.

"He is very special. I believe he is going to be one of the best that Pakistan has ever produced. He's really hungry, is fit and still very young. I think he'll have a really good career if he keeps his feet on the ground, which I think he will. He's got Virat's hunger. I think he could be at some point in the future,” Flower said.

Flower also revealed that Babar was down with flu before the game against New Zealand but he brushed that aside to take centre stage. “He’s had flu over the last couple of days. Tuesday was the first time I’ve not seen him hit any balls the day before a match. Confidence-wise, this is definitely his best [century],” Flower said.