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Pakistan no longer reliant on Babar Azam, says Sunil Gavaskar

Babar Azam have had two disappointing outings in the World Cup so far

Pakistan no longer reliant on Babar Azam, says Sunil Gavaskar PHOTO: Twitter

Pakistan completed a historic run chase against Sri Lanka, successfully chasing a target of 345 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique both scored centuries, earning praise from former India batter Sunil Gavaskar.

Gavaskar highlighted that their performance is a positive sign for Pakistan, reducing the reliance on Babar Azam, who had two disappointing outings in the tournament.

"When you are chasing 350 runs, it takes a lot. They also lost a couple of early wickets in the game. I think more than anything else, I mean, we have all known about what Rizwan can do. But Abdullah Shafique, he looked like a Test batter. The way he anchored the innings with Rizwan, it was great," Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

"More than anything else, Pakistan would have realised that they do not have to depend on Babar. And if Babar fails, there are other batters who are there to score the runs. And I think that is such an important thing for Babar himself because the pressure will not be on him that he has to score all the time," he added.

Pakistan will face off against arch-rivals, India, in their World Cup game on 14 October, Saturday at the Narendra Modi Stadium.