Babar Azam lashed out at former Pakistan cricketer Tanvir Ahmed, who advised him to improve his English speaking skills among other things to become a complete captain. Responding to Tanvir’s comments, Babar Azam, who became Pakistan’s ODI captain last week, said: “I play cricket. I am not a gora, who is bound to know English completely. Yes, I am learning the language simultaneously but it is an ongoing process and one needs time to get better at it,” Azam can be heard saying in a video tweeted by a Pakistani sports journalist, Abdul Ghaffar. 

Tanvir Ahmed, who played just played five Tests, two ODIs and a T20I for Pakistan, had faced Pakistani fans’ wrath after he came up with a bizarre list of things for Pakistan’s limited overs skipper to work on.

In a video posted by Saj Sadiq, a Pakistani cricket writer, Ahmed said Babar Azam needs to “improve his English, work on his personality and change his dressing sense”.

India superstar Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are the only two players to boast of an average of above 50 among players that have played over 30 T20Is, which often leads to comparisons between the two players. 

The 25-year-old batsman also opened up about what he feels about this constant comparison with the Indian skipper. 

“First of all, the comparison which is being made, it’ll be better if it doesn’t happen. He (Virat) is a different type of player, and I am a different type of player. I always try to help my team win with my performances,” Babar said.

Babar Azam has been one of Pakistan’s standout performers across formats in recent times. 

The 25-year-old has already played 74 ODIs for Pakistan, scoring 3,359 runs at an average of 54.17 with 11 centuries and 15 half-centuries to his name.

He has also made 38 appearances for Pakistan in T20Is, scoring 1,471 runs at an average of 50.72.

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