Pakistani skipper Babar Azam adds several ODI records to his name

Pakistani cricket skipper Babar Azam speaking at a press conference.  Photo: PCB
Pakistani cricket skipper Babar Azam speaking at a press conference. Photo: PCB

KARACHI: Pakistani cricket captain Babar Azam took his career to the next level on Tuesday scoring 158 points in the 3rd ODI against England in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Babar smashed four shots over the fence for a maximum and crossed 14 limits during his 139-ball innings, which also earned him his 14th ODI hundred – in his 81st inning – to make him the fastest to reach the milestone of 14 ODI centuries.

South African Hashim Amla completed 14 ODI centuries in 84 innings while Australian David Warner took 98 innings to achieve it. The Indian Virat Kohli took 103 innings to reach this milestone.

It was also Babar’s 3rd ODI 100 on English soil, making him the first Pakistani to do so. Saeed Anwar, Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq each scored two hundred ODI. Babar was already the first Pakistani to score 1000 points on English soil.

The individual score of 158 was also significant in many ways.

The score was the highest ever recorded by a Pakistani captain in an ODI surpassing Shoaib Malik’s 125 * against India in Karachi in 2008. It was also the highest of any Pakistani player on English soil, beating the best precedent of Imam ul Haq who had scored an individual inning of 151.

Babar’s 158 is also the highest individual score by a captain in a match of any bilateral ODI series played on English soil, beating 154 against Bangladesh by Andrew Strauss in 2010. Only two captains have scored more in innings in England before Babar Azam – Kapil Dev 175 * in 1983 and GM Turner 171 * in 1975, both in World Cup events.

It is also the highest score of any Asian batsman at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. Babar’s average on this court, 149.00, is the best of any batsman who has hit at least four times on this site.

Babar also today equaled Azhar Ali in marking the 3rd century of ODI as captain of Pakistan. Jointly, most of the hundreds of ODIs by a Pakistani captain.

Babar could have added another feather to his cap if he had scored another 15 points, which would have made him the fastest at 4000 ODI points, along with Hashim Amla.

During the heats, Babar and Rizwan added 179 points for the third wicket partnership. It was Pakistan’s best ODI partnership against England, for any window, any location.

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