As one of the world’s biggest rivals take on the field, the tension is everywhere but Babar Azam isn’t feeling any and is willing to admit he watches Kohli’s batting and tries to learn from him.
“I watch his batting and the way he bats in various conditions and tries to learn from them,” Babar told reporters.
“I try to learn with experience. This is my process of learning, so I try my hundred per cent.
“His (Kohli) winning ratio is higher (for India) so I am trying to achieve that as well.”
Babar also added that the Champions’ Trophy win against India did give the team a necessary boost and they can claim another surprise success against India this weekend.
“The Champions Trophy win gave us confidence and will also help here as well because the team is mostly the same and that win is always an inspiration,” Babar said.
Pakistan lost the first match 124 runs in the Champions Trophy against India but bounced back in the final to win by 180 runs.
“That win can never go off our memories and it’s a big inspiration,” he said.
He added that the whole team is positive and is looking forward to the clash.
“The whole team is positive so we are looking forward to the match. Not only me but all the players want to finish on a high, whoever hits form wants to win it.”
And Babar is confident Pakistan will handle India’s pace attack, led by world number one ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah.
“No doubt, India has a good bowling attack but we have played well against England who also have a very good pace attack so all of us are confident the Indian pace attack will be properly handled,” Babar said.