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Gibbs terms Pakistan as ‘favourites’ for World Cup 2023

Gibbs terms Pakistan as 'favourites' for World Cup 2023

In anticipation of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has expressed his belief that Pakistan is among the top contenders for the prestigious tournament, to be held in India.

Gibbs, currently involved in the U13 and U16 coaching programme at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, shared his insights during an interview with Geo News. He confidently stated that Pakistan has the potential to secure a spot in the top four of the Cricket World Cup due to the favorable conditions that will suit their style of play.

Gibbs underlining Pakistan’s capability to deliver exceptional performances when it matters most remarked,

“Pakistan is among the favorite teams to win the World Cup. Yes, they are a bit inconsistent, but everyone knows how this team can click on match days. They have the X-factor, and that is what makes them dangerous,”

He further praised Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, whom he had the opportunity to work with during the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Speaking highly of Azam’s batting prowess, Gibbs said,

“Babar knows how to score runs with consistency, which, if you ask me, is unbelievable. His temperament is excellent. It does not matter how many runs he scores; he is never satisfied.”

Gibbs acknowledged the criticism sometimes directed at Azam regarding strike rate but emphasized that the talented batsman knows how to balance between scoring runs and improving his strike rate. He firmly believes Azam to be one of the best batsmen in the world and looks forward to discussing some ideas with him.

Reflecting on his experience in Pakistan, Gibbs highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of Asian batters and shared his observations. He believes that Asian batters tend to be more adept at the front foot rather than the back foot and suggests that coaches in Pakistan should focus on developing a balanced approach. Although he had hoped to work with the U19 team as well, Gibbs expressed his happiness at being in Pakistan and felt a sense of belonging, reminiscent of his time as part of the South African team.

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