Former India batter Gautam Gambhir lambasted Pakistan skipper Babar Azam for his approach in the match against India in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. Pakistan suffered a seven-wicket loss against India on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Gambhir stated that Babar was seen as nervous during the match. He also criticized the 29-year-old batter’s approach during his 50-plus run stand with wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan. Notably, Babar and Rizwan were the top scorers of Pakistan, amassing 50 and 49 runs, respectively.

“Babar Azam has been extremely timid. Two batters cannot bat the same way in a partnership, one of them has to take chances. If you are playing for a fifty or your runs, you will get such results,” Gambhir said during a discussion on Star Sports.

The 42-year-old went on to say that Pakistan had very strong batters and now there is not a single batter in the top order who is able to bat aggressively. 

“Babar Azam has scored a lot of runs for himself but it’s been Pakistan’s history that they have liked to bat aggressively at the start, whether it was Shahid Afridi, Imran Nazir or Taufeeq Umar, and they consolidate in the middle. However, here in the top three, there isn’t a single batter who can take on the opposition attack,” he added.

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The former India opener further stated that the Men in Green should have adopted a more gutsy approach at the beginning of their innings against a top-quality Indian attack.

“When you play against a top-quality attack, at times you discuss in the dressing room that you will play freely even if you get out for 150, you will not play timidly. If the top three get out early, then the No. 4 and No. 5 would consolidate,” he concluded.

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