Pakistani skipper Babar Azam made historic achievement

Pakistani skipper Babar Azam made historic achievement

In the opening match of the Asia Cup held in Multan, Pakistan's captain, Babar Azam, solidified his status as one of the cricketing greats with a remarkable individual century against Nepal. Babar's brilliant performance saw him achieve a magnificent score of 151 runs from just 131 deliveries. This remarkable feat not only showcased his exceptional batting prowess but also etched his name in the annals of cricket history.

In an impressive display of skill, Babar Azam managed to surpass the legendary Hashim Amla of South Africa, setting a new record for being the fastest player in the history of the game to achieve 19 One Day International (ODI) centuries. This incredible achievement was realized in just 102 ODI innings, eclipsing Amla's previous record of 104 innings. The world's top-ranked ODI batter demonstrated his dominance by hitting 14 boundaries and launching four towering sixes during his captivating innings, leading to the shattering of multiple records.

Notably, Babar's score of 151 stands as the second-highest individual score ever achieved in the Asia Cup, a position just behind Virat Kohli's iconic 183 against Pakistan in 2012. What's more, Babar's performance marked a historic moment as he became the first captain to score 150 or more runs in an Asia Cup match, surpassing Kohli's previous record of 136 against Bangladesh in 2014. This remarkable achievement underlines Babar's leadership and batting prowess on the international stage.

This match also marked the second occasion when Babar Azam scored more than 150 runs in an ODI, his highest being 158 against England in Birmingham in 2021. With this exceptional inning, Babar maintained his firm grip on the top spot in the ODI Batting Rankings, further solidifying his reputation as a premier player in the cricketing world. His remarkable batting prowess has propelled him to an astonishing ODI average of 59.47, positioning him as the fourth-highest average in men's ODI cricket history for players with a minimum of 2000 ODI runs.

This extraordinary performance was Babar Azam's 31st international century, a feat that placed him on par with Pakistani cricket legends Javed Miandad and Saeed Anwar. With this achievement, Babar joins the ranks of cricketing greats like Younis Khan (41 centuries), Mohammad Yousuf (39 centuries), and Inzamam-ul-Haq (35 centuries). As Babar Azam continues to demonstrate his exceptional talent and make history on the cricket field, his legacy as one of Pakistan's cricketing icons is firmly secured