Babar Azam
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Last Update on: September 23rd, 2023 at 04:36 pm

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir picked Pakistan skipper Babar Azam as the batter to watch out for in the much-awaited World Cup 2023. Gautam Gambhir emphasised that Babar Azam possesses the exceptional talent to excel in the upcoming tournament.

Babar Azam scored 151 runs against Nepal in the first match of the recently concluded Asia Cup 2023. However, the right-handed batter registered low scores in the remaining three games. He ended the tournament with 207 runs in four innings at an average of 51.75.

Babar Azam Has Different Level Of Quality – Gautam Gambhir

In an interview with Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir was asked to choose one batter for the World Cup from among Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, and Babar Azam. Star Sports rated these batters as the wonders of the World Cup.

The cricketer-turned-commentator stated that Babar Azam has the potential to shine in the upcoming World Cup. Gambhir mentioned several other top batters but emphasized that the Pakistan all-format skipper possesses a unique level of quality with the bat.

“Babar Azam has that every quality that he can set this World Cup on fire. I have seen very few players who have alot of time to bat. I believe that there is Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and David Warner but Babar Azam has different level of quality,” Gambhir said.

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Babar Azam’s Impressive Record In ODI Cricket

Babar scored 5409 runs in 108 ODI matches with an exceptional average of 58.16 and a strike rate of 89.14. The batter has smashed 19 hundreds and 28 half-centuries in the 50-over format so far. He was the leading run-getter for his team in the last ODI World Cup.

The 28-year-old scored 474 runs with an average of 67.71 and a strike rate of 87.78 during the 2019 World Cup. He guided the Pakistan cricket team to the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup. I will be hoping to score runs and contribute to the team’s win at the 2023 World Cup.

Pakistan World Cup Squad: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.

Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris (wk), Zaman Khan, Abrar Ahmed

Also read: “Why Blame Babar Azam Only When The Rest Of The Team Didn’t Perform As Well” – Javed Miandad

Saikrishna Vaitla is an author at Cricketaddictor has been working since September 2022.