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‘You will see the actual Babar Azam now’: Gautam Gambhir’s big prediction for the former Pakistan skipper ahead of the Australia series – Magazine Creations

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir once again praised veteran Pakistani batsman Babar Azam, saying the stylish player will now be seen in his “actual” avatar and has the potential to become the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced.

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Explaining why his predictions of Babar Azam being the top pick during the ODI World Cup did not pan out, Gambhir told Sportskeeda: “You will see the best of Babar Azam now. You will see a completely different Babar Azam. Before the World Cup, I picked Babar as the batsman of the tournament. But the pressure “The captain hampered his form with the bat. Because when you are the captain and your team is not performing well, you can imagine how much pressure he was under.”

Gambhir also pointed out that with Babar Azam not under the pressure of the captaincy, the veteran batsman will now be seen like never before and Azam may have 10 more years of cricket ahead of him. “You will see the real Babar Azam that no one has seen,” Gambhir said. From now until the day he retires, you will see his true ability. Babar is so good that he can go out and become the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced. “He spent 10 years without any pressure on the captaincy.”

The talented top-order batsman scored 320 runs for Pakistan in 9 matches played during the recently concluded World Cup, averaging 40 runs and scoring four half-centuries.

Notably, Babar recently resigned from his position as Pakistan’s captain in all three formats of the game, paving the way for others in the team to take over. Pakistan selectors have named Shaheen Shah Afridi as Babar’s successor in the limited-overs format, while Shan Masood has been named Pakistan’s Test captain.

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Published: Dec 11, 2023, 11:06 AM IST

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