Former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir has expressed his confidence in Babar Azam to make a comeback with some spectacular performances in the upcoming matches. According to Gambhir, the 29-year-old Babar Azam, who stepped down from his role as the skipper of the Pakistan national cricket team in all three formats of the game, has the potential to become the best batter ever for Pakistan.
Gautam Gambhir opined on how leaving captaincy will bring out the best out of Babar as a batter during a conversation with legendary pacer Wasim Akram. Gambhir believes that from now on the world will see a completely different Babar Azam and he can be the best batter that the country has ever produced as he has almost a decade to play without any pressure of leading his side.
“You’ll see the best of Babar Azam now. You will see a completely different Babar Azam. I picked Babar Azam before this World Cup and said that he would be the batter of the tournament. But the pressure of captaincy, because when you do captaincy in the World Cup and the team still does not perform, you can imagine how much pressure there will be on the captain,” said Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir Feels Babar Azam Will Now Show His Actual Ability
“Now you will see the real Babar Azam which no one has seen till now. Babar Azam’s actual ability will be seen from now till he plays. Babar Azam has enough quality in him; probably he can go out and become the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced. He has got 10 years with no pressure of captaincy,” he concluded.
Babar is currently the only cricketer to be present in the top five of ICC rankings in all three formats. He is 2nd in the ICC ODI Batters rankings and 4th in both test and T20I rankings. The former skipper made his ODI debut for Pakistan in Lahore on May 31, 2015. He has played 49 Tests, 117 ODIs, and 104 T20Is so far, in which he has amassed 3772, 5729, and 3485 runs, respectively.
Babar is currently with the Pakistan national team touring Australia for a three-match test series against the World Champions. The challenging Australian conditions will be a true test for Babar’s ability, especially in red-ball cricket. The first test will commence on December 14 in Perth followed by the boxing-day test at Melbourne and then the two teams will face each other in Sydney for the third test after the New Year celebrations.