Shane Watson says Babar Azam might return to form in match against India


Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, is having a difficult ODI World Cup 2023. The captain has not been able to make an impact with the bat, with scores of 5 and 10, respectively, against Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.

At the Narendra Modi Stadium, Pakistan will meet India in their second group stage match. All eyes will be on skipper Babar Azam of Pakistan, who will be looking to perform well in the important game.

Babar Azam’s form was examined by former Australia batter Shane Watson and India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta, who forecasted that the batsman might find form against India on October 14. Watson referred to Babar Azam as a “class player” and stated that the batsman did not appear to be out of control when playing Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, October 10, when Sri Lanka was batting at number 10, Babar Azam edged a ball that was heading down the leg side in a difficult 345-run chase.

“Look, he’s a class player. Yes, he’s had a bit of a dry spell, Uh, five innings of less than 30 runs. So it’s the first time he’s done that since 2019. You know that things aren’t going that well, if you when that happens. So, um, Babar Azam, even the first couple of balls that he faced, you can see he’s getting in really good positions. He’s a world class batter. He’s gonna absolutely ready to go against India. Sometimes you’re just not so much out of touch because he’s not even more badly you just out of runs,” Watson said on Star Sports after the game.

Dasgupta shared the same thoughts, stating that Babar Azam may become more effective after Pakistan’s incredible victory over Sri Lanka in the World Cup, where they chased down a record target.

“A game like this could actually unleash Babar Azam the batter (on India vs Pakistan). You know, he’s got more confidence in the other batters now you know he’s got Abdullah Shafique. He’s got, obviously, Rizwan. Then he’s got Saud Shakeel, Iftekhar. Everyone’s contributing. Before this game, it seems like it’s going to be only Babar or maybe Rizwan. But now I think he’s gonna go out next game, feeling a little more free, can bat like himself and not feel the pressure of the world on the shoulder,” Dasgupta said on Star Sports.