Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur compared “young gun” Babar Azam to Virat Kohli on Thursday, saying the 22-year-old reminded him of the India skipper at the same age.
Babar Azam has played only three Tests, narrowly missing out on a century in Pakistan’s loss to New Zealand in Hamilton this week when he was left unbeaten on 90 as the side was bowled out. He has played 18 one-dayers, and scored three centuries, all of which came in consecutive matches against the West Indies earlier this year.
“He (Azam) is a young gun who will be an exceptional player,” Arthur told Perth’s 6PR radio ahead of Pakistan’s sole warm-up match for their three-Test series against Australia.
“I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there.”
Pakistan announced the test team for Australia tour without any changes and have retained the same 16-man squad that lost the recent series against New Zealand 2-0.
For South African Arthur, it will be his first time facing Australia since he coached them over a two-year tenure that ended in June 2013.
He said Pakistan were ready to fire against an Australia Test team coming off a demoralising 2-1 series loss to South Africa and had learned a lot in New Zealand.