Sharjah: Umar Akmal lashed out at critics who drew comparisons between the
Akmal, who is currently playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), bagged the Man of the Match award, as he helped the Lahore Qalandars beat Islamabad United in a close contest.
While Akmal scored a match-winning 66 off 42 balls, he got out with his team requiring 34 to win the match, which eventually went right down to the wire;
Thankfully for the Qalandars, veteran New Zealander Grant Elliot was on the job, finishing off the proceedings with a huge six.
Despite his match-winning knock, Akmal drew a lot of criticism during the post match press conference, where a journalist asked him why he has not lived-up to the expectations like Kohli.
A visibly irked Akmal retorted, “Look, you know more than me. When people compare me with Kohli, it’s not fair.”
Akmal further went on to explain why it was unfair to compare his and Kohli’s stats; the main reason he cited was that of the batting positions.
“It’s a matter of batting positions,” quipped Akmal. “Since his (Kohli) debut, he is batting at No. 3 and I have been playing at No. 6. Let me play at 3 and Kohli at 6, then compare me with him.”
Akmal further went on to say that it would be more prudent to draw comparisons between Kohli and Babar Azam.
“Compare him with Babar Azam, who is doing well at 3. He is in great form, so you can compare him with Babar.”
Umar Akmal Answering to the Question about the comparison with Kohli... pic.twitter.com/AV1hhPd47l— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorz1) February 21, 2017
Both Akmal and Kohli kicked-off their respective cricketing careers at around the same time – the 2008 U-19 World Cup. Comparisons between the two have been drawn for almost a decade now.
However, the stark difference between the two players is clearly visible, when one takes a look at the stats.
Akmal has played scored 3,044 runs from 116 ODIs at a modest average of 34.59; Kohli on the other hand, has scored 7,775 ODI runs from 179 matches, with 27 tons to his name (Akmal has just two).
Kohli has also done much better, with specific reference to Akmal’s inability to see-off games in the second. 17 out of his 27 centuries have come while
Those saying that Umar Akmal is same as Kohli are the same people who say that Pakistan and India are both equal victims of terror.— Arnab Ray (@greatbong) February 22, 2017
Imagine if Umar Akmal stayed not out yesterday's game, he would have done a drop ball celebration to pay tribute to the Akmal family.— Imy Asghar (@PakCricket_) February 21, 2017
In the next match Umar Akmal will pay tribute to Grant Elliot and will do a catch drop instead of a bat drop.— 🗽 (@Desi_Firangi) February 21, 2017
20 odd years back— Ahsan Zawar (@ahsanzawar) February 22, 2017
Umar Akmal mother: Beta number aik ah raha ya 2?
UAkmal: Number 3
Don Umar Akmal '' Let me play at no.3 and Kohli on six, then compare ''— Cricket Pakistan (@CricPak8) February 22, 2017