Babar Azam has been one of the crucial cogs of the Pakistan national team. The Pakistani run-machine is one of the very few batsmen in the modern era who has consistently scored runs across all three formats.
The right-handed batsman is known for his ability to play elegant shots all around the park. The 26-year-old talented cricketer has an impeccable batting technique with amazing footwork.
Babar Azam has often been compared to the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Well, Babar is someone who plays according to his strengths. He is working on his long shots. His main idea is to make use of the skill when it matters the most.
The Lahore-born cricketer once again made waves in international cricket. Yes, he was named the number one batsman in the ICC rankings for ODI. Interestingly, he also overtook Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Babar Azam tops the batting charts with 865 points. On the other hand, India’s run-machine Virat Kohli (857 points) held the apex spot for 1258 days before the Pakistan captain made strides to take the throne. In April 2021, Babar brought up his 13th ODI hundred in his 76th innings.
He achieved the feat while playing against South Africa in the first ODI. In the process, he became the quickest to score 13 ODI centuries. Babar Azam went on to surpass the record of Hashim Amla who took 83 innings to accomplish the feat.
Babar Azam celebrates his century in an animated fashion
In the just-concluded third T20I match against South Africa, Babar Azam played one of the supreme knocks of his career. The right-handed batsman also helped the team anchor the run-chase in style with a magnificent century.
Babar Azam scored 122 off just 59 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and 4 sixes. He played at a strike rate of 206.78. After scoring his first century in T20Is, he celebrated his feat in an animated fashion.
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Pakistan win by 9 wickets
Meanwhile, some South African ace cricketers were not part of the playing XI because they are part of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Proteas played without important players but still played really well with the bat.
Batting first, Proteas opening pair Janneman Malan and Eiden Markram shared a 108-run stand. Markram departed for a well-made 63 off 31 balls. His innings included 6 boundaries and 4 sixes at a strike rate of 203.23.
Malan scored 55 off 40 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 137.50. Van Der Dussen scored an unbeaten 34 off 20 balls with the help of 1 four and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 170. Proteas posted 203/5 in 20 overs.
In reply, Pakistan chased down the target in 18 overs losing just 1 wicket. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam stitched together a 197-run opening partnership before Babar departed for 122. Rizwan scored 73 off 47 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 155.52.