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Now it gets tougher: Former Australian cricketer warns Haider Ali

Youngster represented Peshawar Zalmi during PSL’s fifth edition

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Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has warned Peshawar Zalmi’s rookie cricketer Haider Ali, after growing comparisons with India’s Virat Kohli and Pakistan’s Babar Azam.

People are calling for Haider’s inclusion in Pakistan’s T20I side after his impressive performance in the fifth season of PSL.  The right-handed batsman scored 239 runs in nine innings at an average of 29.87 and a strike-rate of 158.27.

While responding to a question on social media website Twitter, Hogg said that Haider needs to have a strategy in place if he wants to succeed in international cricket and not get exposed with quality bowlers.

“Someone bursts onto the scenes like Haider we all get excited. Great start to his career, now it gets tougher, his weaknesses will be exposed by top class bowlers. How he adapts to new plans against him is the? Negating bowlers plans separates the Babars and Kohlis from the rest,” said Hogg.

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Earlier, while speaking in a YouTube video, Haider has said that he admires Babar’s stroke play and wants to make a name for himself like the number one ranked T20I batsman.

“A batsman can never become like his role models, but can improve himself and develop shots like they play,” Haider said. “I want to improve myself to the extent that people call me Babar Azam and not Kohli because Babar has good shots.”

“I cannot become Kohli but can develop shots like him through practice. I'm Haider Ali so I can only become Haider Ali,” he added.