Today, Babar Azam once again showed his class and single-handedly carried the batting of Pakistan. The elegant batsman has often been compared with Virat Kohli because of his ability to score runs in all formats. The Pakistan skipper smashed his 12th ODI century against Zimbabwe in the final match of the series.
Chasing a total of 279, Babar was in early at batted with supreme confidence. Pakistan kept losing wickets at the other end but Babar stood firm and played a fine captain’s knock.
Babar Azam Faster Than Virat Kohli
The number 3 ranked ODI batsman in the world notched up his 12th ODI century. Babar Azam is now the second quickest to reach the landmark and the fastest Asian batsman. Interestingly, Babar broke the record of Kohli who previously was the quickest Asian to reach 12 ODI hundreds.
Fastest to 12 ODI centuries in terms of Innings
Quinton de Kock – 74
Babar Azam – 75
Hashim Amla – 81
Virat Kohli – 83
Since making his debut for Pakistan, Babar has been continuously breaking records in white-ball cricket. The 26-year-old remains the only batsman to be ranked in the top 5 of all formats in the ICC rankings. Also, this was his first hundred as the ODI captain of Pakistan.
Unfortunately, his record-breaking ton went in vain as Zimbabwe stunned everyone and won the match. Once Babar was dismissed at 125, Pakistan failed to close out the match and the scores were tied.
Meanwhile, in the super-over, Pakistan opted not to bat Babar and it backfired. The hosts could only make 2 runs and Zimbabwe were able to wrap up the match in the dramatic super over. Pakistan won the first two matches of the ODI series but the visitors managed to clinch the final ODI.
Furthermore, Babar Azam once again enhanced his reputation as a batsman and delivered for his side. However collectively as a team, Pakistan still has loads of work to do. The two sides will now play a 3 match T20I series starting on Saturday.