World Cup 2019: Pakistan batsman Babar Azam learns by watching Virat Kohli batIndia take on Pakistan in a much-anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash on Sunday at Old Trafford in Manchester. Babar Azam is Pakistan’s key player for this match against India.advertisement Press Trust of India ManchesterJune 14, 2019UPDATED: June 14, 2019 23:50 IST Babaz Azam is Pakistan’s most consistent batsmen in ODIs. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia face arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on June 16Babar, who scored a brilliant 63 in Pakistan’s victory over England, is a key player for PakistanHaving played six matches, India has never lost to Pakistan in World CupPakistan batsman Babar Azam models himself on Virat Kohli and is preparing for Sunday’s high-voltage World Cup clash between the arch-rivals by watching videos of the Indian captain.Babar, who scored a brilliant 63 in Pakistan’s victory over England, is a key player for Pakistan as his side seeks its maiden World Cup win over India.”I watch his batting and the way he bats in various conditions and try to learn from them,” Babar told reporters on Friday.”His (Kohli’s) winning ratio is higher (for India) so I am trying to achieve that as well,” the 24 year-old right-handed batsman said.Babar said his side would take inspiration from their Champions Trophy final victory over India two years ago.”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,” he said.Pakistan suffered a 124-run defeat against India in the opening match of the Champions Trophy but hit back by crushing their arch-rivals in the final. Their 180-run win at the Oval is the biggest over India in all ODIs.”That win can never go off our memories and it’s a big inspiration. We are well prepared for this match because India and Pakistan matches are exciting and demanding and the whole world watches it,” Babar said.”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.”advertisementAsked about India’s lethal attack led by world number one ODI bowler Jasprit Bumeah, he said, “No doubt, India have 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.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka make official complaint to ICC about ‘unfair’ pitchesAlso Read | Mohammad Yousuf slams PCB for allowing families to stay with players ahead of India clashAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Babar AzamFollow Virat Kohli Next
With its season-opener looming, the Ohio State men’s basketball team got a boost for the future Wednesday afternoon.The Buckeyes are scheduled to tip off their 2014-15 season on Friday against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, but in the meantime, coach Thad Matta had four new players sign national letters of intent on signing day.The class consists of a pair of Texas natives, one Georgia product and one player from Dayton.Guard Austin Grandstaff from Rockwell, Texas, forward Mickey Mitchell of Plano, Texas, center Daniel Giddens from Marietta, Ga., and Dayton Dunbar High School guard A.J. Harris all signed their letters of intent Wednesday, committing their collegiate future to Matta and the Buckeyes.The four signings come a year after Matta brought on the same number of freshman ahead of this season.According to ESPN, all four of the newest Buckeye basketball commits are four-star rated players. Grandstaff received the highest rating with an 87 out of 100 on ESPN’s recruiting website. He, Giddens and Harris are all part of the ESPN 100.Giddens has played with the USA Basketball U16 National Team and averaged a double-double during his junior season at Wheeler High School. Harris was second team All-Ohio last season when he averaged 14.5 points and 6.1 assists. Grandstaff scored 27.1 points per game last season while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.Mitchell initially made a verbal commitment to OSU before backing out, and then recommiting earlier this year. His older brother — Mike — was a member of the OSU football team last season as a linebacker before deciding to leave the school. On Wednesday, Matta said he was “elated” to have Mitchell sign on with the Buckeyes.According to ESPN, the four players make up the No. 8 recruiting class nationally, and the best class in the Big Ten.While they’ll have to wait until next season to see the new class in action, Matta and the Buckeyes are scheduled to tip off against UMass-Lowell at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center on Friday.