‘Babar Azam Will Be Pakistan’s Greatest Batter..’- Gautam Gambhir

Former India batter Gautam Gambhir believes that Babar Azam will end his career being Pakistan’s greatest batter. According to Gambhir, Babar’s potential as a batter has never been in doubt. He added that, with the experienced cricketer having stepped down as Pakistan’s skipper, the world should be watching the best of him as a batter.

Babar Azam resigned as Pakistan’s all-format captain following Pakistan’s poor run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The Men In Green failed to qualify for the semi-finals, losing four consecutive matches while Babar Azam himself had a flop show with the bat. He managed to score only 320 runs in nine innings which included four half-centuries.

On being asked how stepping down as the skipper in all formats will help Babar’s cause as a batter, Gambhir said, “It’s an individual choice of players to leave or accept captaincy. Babar Azam is still a top-quality batter for me. We might get to see the best of Babar Azam now. In Pakistan, all the blame as well as the appreciation only goes to the captain. It happens to an extent in India as well, but not to the level that it happens in Pakistan.”

Babar Azam Will Reach A Different Level As A Batter, Says Gautam Gambhir

The 42-year-old reckons that with the pressure of captaincy being subtracted from the equation, Babar would be able to play with more freedom. This could mean that his entire focus would be on his batting and that will yield good results for him as a batter. Currently, Babar Azam is the only batter to be in the top five rankings in all three formats of the game. Babar is second in terms of ODI batters and is No.4 in both tests and T20Is.

“There were never question marks over Babar Azam’s batting. The question marks were over his captaincy. Now that he has left it, you will see Babar reaching a different level as a batter. Even today, he is one of Pakistan’s top batters. When Babar Azam ends his career, he will be Pakistan’s greatest batter. He is still young and can play for another 10 years as a batter. He himself might not know what he can achieve,” Gambhir commented.

Currently, he is playing the first test of the three-match series against Australia in Perth. Babar scored 40 in the first-class game against the Prime Minister’s XI. He would be looking to regain his form in this test series and will hopefully perform to his potential as a batter. Babar Azam averages 47.75 in tests and has played 50 tests scoring more than 3500 runs.

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