- Feb 29, 2024
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Babar Azam, one of the modern era’s greatest batters, has faced a period of adversity in recent times. His brilliant statistics and numerous match-winning performances over the years solidified his reputation as a world-class cricketer. However, the past few months have presented a different story, marked by unexpected struggles. The ODI World Cup served as a stark reminder of Babar’s vulnerability. Both as a captain and a player, he failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon him. His personal batting performance fell short, and under his leadership, Pakistan surprisingly failed to qualify for the semi-finals, despite entering the tournament as favourites.
Following the disappointing World Cup campaign, Babar relinquished his captaincy across all formats, opting to focus solely on his batting and contribute to Pakistan’s cause as a player. This decision marks the start of a new chapter in his cricketing journey, and his upcoming tour of Australia promises to be a momentous occasion. Australia has historically proven to be a challenging destination for Pakistan, with the team suffering whitewashes in recent years. However, with Babar now freed from the captaincy burden, all eyes will be on him to lead Pakistan’s batting charge and potentially script a historic turnaround. Babar’s form and performance will be crucial for Pakistan‘s success in this series. His exceptional talent and match-winning capabilities are undeniable, and his complete focus on batting could potentially unlock a new level of dominance.
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Babar Azam, with the captaincy burden lifted, can now unleash his full potential and become an even more formidable batsman. “You’ll see the best of Babar Azam now. You will see a completely different Babar Azam. Before the World Cup, I picked Babar as the batter of the tournament. But the pressure of captaincy, when your team isn’t doing well you can imagine the pressure,” he said while speaking to Sportskeeda.
Gambhir added that Babar, with his immense talent and ample time left in his career, has the potential to become the greatest batter Pakistan has ever produced.