Pakistan Captain Babar Azam once again failed with the bat in the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023 against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, October 10 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Chasing a massive target of 345, Pakistan lost their opener Imam ul Haq early in the innings with just 16 runs on the board.

Captain Babar walked in at number three but failed to get his innings going as he got strangled down the leg side against Dilshan Madushanka. As a result, the Pakistan skipper departed for 10 (15). Following his dismissal, several fans were unhappy with his second consecutive low score and expressed their disappointment openly.

Notably, Babar is fondly called King Babar by his fans for his stellar record across formats in recent times. However, the 28-year-old hasn’t been able to carry his good form in the ongoing ODI World Cup as he earlier got dismissed for just 5 (18) in Pakistan’s opening fixture against the Netherlands.

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The Lahore-born cricketer has scored 760 runs from 17 innings in ODIs in 2023 at an average of 44.70 and a strike rate of 83.97 with two hundreds and six fifties to his name. 

The Pakistan captain is currently sits on top of the ODI batters’ rankings with 857 ratings to his name. However, after his back-to-back low scores, Indian young batting sensation Shubman Gill (839 rating) is likely to dethrone him from the top spot once he returns back to the Indian playing XI.

Babar Azam to next play vs India

Babar will next play against arch-rivals India on Saturday, October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Pakistan captain will be desperate to end his poor record in ODIs against India as he’s just scored 168 runs from the six innings at an average of 28 and a strike rate of 72.41 against the Men in Blue.

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Meanwhile, X was abuzz with reactions on Babar’s second consecutive failure in the World Cup 2023. Here are some of the posts:

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