For Babar, this acknowledgment from one of the game's greats was not just a moment of pride but also a significant boost to his confidence. It reaffirmed his belief in his abilities and his approach to the game.

"It feels very good when someone passes comments like that about you," Babar told Star Sports in a video. "Virat Kohli's comments about me, that was a very proud moment for me and it felt very good. Some things and some praises give you confidence."

Learning from the Best: A Meeting with Kohli

Babar Azam recalled a pivotal encounter with Virat Kohli during the 2019 World Cup. At that time, Kohli was at the peak of his career, and his insights were invaluable. Babar sought to glean wisdom from the Former Indian captain, approaching him with questions and a thirst for knowledge.

Kohli generously shared his experiences and knowledge, leaving a lasting impression on Babar. This meeting with a cricketing icon provided Babar with invaluable lessons that have undoubtedly contributed to his growth as a player and leader.

"I went to meet him during the 2019 World Cup," he said. “He was at his peak then and is there now as well. I wanted to take (learn) something from him. I got to learn a lot. I asked him some questions which I needed answers to and he explained everything very nicely,”

As Babar Azam and Virat Kohli prepare to face off in the 2023 Asia Cup, cricket enthusiasts can anticipate a clash of titans. Kohli's admiration for Babar's cricketing abilities serve as a testament to the camaraderie and respect that cricket fosters among players, transcending borders and rivalries.