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Pakistan's Sami Aslam draws inspiration from 'consistent' Virat Kohli

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Describing swashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli as 'consistent', Pakistan's Sami Aslam has revealed that he looks to the Indian Test skipper for inspiration to perform at the highest level.

The 20-year-old pointed out that the Indian cricketer takes nothing for granted and plays every innings with same determination as the previous one, PakPassion.net reported.

Aslam, who has a great respect and admiration for Kohli, believes the latter had been performing incredibly in all the formats of the game.

In a surprise move by the Pakistan team management, Aslam was picked to open the batting against England for the crucial third Test match, which the Alastair Cook-led side went on to win by 141 runs at Edgbaston.

The left-hand batsman, however, notched up two splendid innings of 82 and 70 played under immense pressure, thus earning unconditional praise from experts and fans alike for his composure and technique.

Reflecting on his sudden call-up, Aslam said that instead of being nervous, he was really excited with the chance of representing his country again.

Besides Kohli, Aslam also revealed how legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's speech inspires him to keep improving his game.

Aslam, who made his Test debut against Bangladesh in August last year, said he always recall Tendulkar saying, even while playing his last Test match, that he was still learning and trying to improve.

Aslam's impressive return also saw him make way to the Pakistan ODI squad against England.

Pakistan is currently trailing 1-0 in the five-match series following England's 44-run win by Duckworth-Lewis method in the opening ODI. The two sides will play their next match at Lord's on 27 August.

First published: 26 August 2016, 2:44 IST