Babar Azam can set the World Cup on fire: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir believes Babar Azam will be a top batter at the ODI World Cup 2023. The ex-India cricketer thinks Azam has every element required to spark things up as the opening day draws closer.

Gambhir is one of India’s few players to be in two World Cup-winning squads and he held nothing back while painting a glowing picture of Azam’s potential performance at the tournament.

Babar Azam has every quality to set this World Cup on fire. I have seen very few players who have so much time. Yes, there are Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, David Warner, Kane Williamson and Joe Root but Babar Azam has a quality of a different level,”

Gambhir on India’s Chances at the World Cup

Gautam believes India need to defeat tough opposition like Australia to stand any chance to clinch a third ODI World Cup title. Australia is the most-decorated ODI World Cup side in history, and it makes total sense that Gambhir is weary of Aussie prowess in cricket’s 50-over format:

Look, I have always said this, and there is no doubt in this, that if you want to win the World Cup, then you have to beat Australia. In 2007 when we won the World Cup, we defeated Australia in the semifinal. In 2011 when we won the World Cup, we beat Australia in the quarterfinal. Australia is the strongest team in any ICC tournament. Remove the ranking, the ranking does not matter,”

It is not out of place for Gambhir to make such glowing remarks of Babar Azam’s performances. Azam has had one of the best ODI careers for Pakistan, amassing over 5,400 runs in 108 games. He also has an impressive average of 58.16 with over a dozen and half centuries.

Azam’s performance will come in handy from October 6 for Pakistan when they face a dogged Netherlands side in Hyderabad. All eyes will be on Azam to defend his recently affirmed position as the number one batter in ICC ODI rankings.

Babar Azam Career Stats

Babar Azam Batting and Fielding Stats

FORMATMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCt
Tests49889377219647.7683655.179264402336
ODIs10810512540915858.1606989.1219284885646
T20Is1049814348512241.42714128.43303715342
FC8514214578426645.1103285612387093558
List A17216819832515855.8957686.9329467797073
T20s26825841946212243.67347128.71077994173122

(Stats are accurate as of September 28, 2023)

Babar Azam Bowling Stats

FORMATMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests498904221-12-1212.845000
ODIs108
T20Is104
FC852781046571-12-166.423.44115.7000
List A172296335551220-220-246.255.2652.7000
T20s26857885420-220-221.256.5319.5000

(Stats are accurate as of September 28, 2023)

Gautam Gambhir Career Stats

Batting and Fielding Record

FORMATMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6s
Test581045415420641.95806751.4992251810
ODI14714311523815039.68614485.25113456117
T20I373629327527.41783119.020710910
FC198331241515323349.354368
List A299292191007715136.912160
T202512452464029328.965309120.5805374790

Bowling Record

FORMATMatInnsBallsRunsWktsAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test58112402000
ODI1471613013000
T20I37
FC198397281740.144.2456.700
List A29937361365.8337000
T20251

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