Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary Indian batsman, has declared Babar Azam as his current preferred cricketer from Pakistan. Gavaskar, engaged in a conversation with the audience during the South Africa versus India Test match, responded to a query about his favorite Pakistani player.
While he initially named Zaheer Abbas, known as the Asian Bradman, as his all-time favorite Pakistani cricketer, Gavaskar ranked Imran Khan, the 1992 World Cup-winning captain, in the second spot. Javed Miandad secured the third position, and Wasim Akram claimed the fourth spot.
When discussing his current favorite, Gavaskar expressed admiration for Babar Azam as the Pakistani cricketer he holds in high esteem.
Gavaskar, who played 125 Tests for India, amassed 10,122 runs at an impressive average of 51.12. His remarkable record includes 34 centuries, with a highest score of 236*.
Originating from Mumbai, the 5-foot-5-inch tall batsman was India’s inaugural batting superstar. His record of 34 Test centuries stood as a benchmark for years until it was surpassed by another cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved 51 centuries.
Gavaskar was a crucial part of the Indian team that clinched the 1983 ICC Cricket World Cup, making India the second team, after West Indies, to secure a Cricket World Cup victory. Their triumph came in the Final against West Indies, preventing the Windies from securing their third consecutive World Cup trophy.