Pakistan batsman Babar Azam recently surpassed India captain Virat Kohli to become the third-fastest cricketer to reach 11 ODI hundreds. Babar Azam achieved this milestone while playing the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Karachi. It took 71 innings for Babar to achieve this feat, while Kohli needed 82 innings. South Africa’s Hashim Amla is still the quickest to reach 11 ODI hundreds, it took him only 64 innings. Though fans love all the 11 hundreds Babar Azam has smashed, there are few among them which they love even more.
In 2017, West Indies ODI series was supposed to be a bad for the Men in Green as Sarfaraz Ahmed replaced Azhar as team captain. Babar Azam who was also the vice-captain for the tour smashed an unbeaten 125 in the second ODI of the three-match ODI series at Guyana. Batting first, Pakistan struggled as they lost opening five wickets easily. It was the 99-run partnership of Azam and Imad Wasim which took the total of Pakistan to 282. In the end, Pakistan won the match and Azam won the Man of the Match award.
In 2016, Azam was selected in the playing 11 against West Indies. In the first ODI, he scored his maiden century and won his first Man of the Match award by scoring 120 off 131 balls. He scored another century and won another award in the second ODI. In the third and final ODI of the series, Azam smashed a third consecutive century and became the third batsman for Pakistan to score hundreds in three successive ODI innings.
Azam smashed his second ODI hundred against Sri Lanka earlier this week. He also became the first Pakistani player to smash more than 1000 runs in a year. Not only that, Babar Azam became the fastest Pakistan player to score 1000 runs in a calendar year. While doing so, he broke the record held by former Pakistan player Javed Miandad. It took Azam 19 innings to score 1000 runs, while Miandad took more than 20 innings to do the same. After Miandad, Mohammed Yousuf and Misbah-ul-Haq share the third spot on the list, both took 23 innings to make 1000 runs in a calendar year.