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Babar Azam Tipped to Shine at ICC World Cup 2023 by Gautam Gambhir

Former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has highlighted Pakistan's all-format captain, Babar Azam, as a player to watch in India's upcoming ICC World Cup 2023. Babar, currently the top-ranked ODI batsman, has been singled out by Gambhir for his exceptional batting prowess.

Gautam Gambhir's Prediction

When asked to choose one player among the current top batsmen — David Warner, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Babar Azam, Joe Root, and Rohit Sharma — who he believes will stand out at the ICC World Cup 2023, Gambhir chose Babar Azam. "I think Babar Azam possesses all kinds of qualities that he can set this World Cup on fire," said Gambhir. He further praised Babar's quality, stating, "I have not seen many players who have so much time to play."

Babar Azam's Track Record

Babar Azam made his international debut in 2015 and quickly became Pakistan's top batsman, particularly in white-ball formats. His consistent performance in ODIs led him to overtake Virat Kohli as the top-ranked ODI batsman in April 2021. He was also named the ODI Player of the Year for two consecutive years. Babar has spent around 900 days at the top of the ODI Batting Rankings and is likely to enter the ICC World Cup 2023 as the top-ranked batter.

Pakistan's World Cup Campaign

Under Babar's leadership, Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on October 6 in Hyderabad. The team will also play their warm-up fixtures against New Zealand and Australia at the same venue. The Pakistan squad for the ICC World Cup 2023 includes experienced players and young talent, promising an exciting campaign for the team.

Cricketing experts like Gautam Gambhir have recognized Babar Azam's potential to shine at the ICC World Cup 2023. His performance will be crucial in Pakistan's campaign, and cricket fans worldwide will be eagerly watching his performance.

 

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