- Sep 23, 2023
- Jun 11, 2023
Babar Azam is having the time of his life right now. Currently, he is the only player in the top 5 batsmen rankings in all formats which speak volumes of his abilities as a batter. In the first ODI against West Indies on June 8, the Pakistan captain came up with a resolute 103. With this latest ton, he became the only batsman to make three consecutive centuries, twice!
The 27-year-old’s 103 against West Indies is the third consecutive century after a 114 and 105* against Australia earlier this year. The in-form batter achieved a similar feat way back in 2016 when he hit three ODI tons against the same Caribbean opponents in UAE. A deep dive into the batsman’s records also reveals that he is currently on a five-match 50+ run streak as well, four of which are centuries.
The Pakistan captain continues to shatter records and help Pakistan win games. The first ODI against West Indies witnessed the best of Babar’s batting and leadership qualities. Asked to bowl first, the Pakistan bowling unit was unable to contain the in-form opener Shai Hope who scored a mammoth 127. With the help of Sharmarh Brooks and Rovman Powell, the West Indian side was able to post 305 on the board. Pacer Haris Rauf was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets to his name. The left-arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi took two and the leggy Shadab Khan took 1 to end the innings.
In response to the West Indian 305, Pakistan lost an early wicket at 26. Captain Babar however showed his class again with a solid 103 and took the game deep. The Multan born Southpaw Imam-ul-Haq and wicketkeeper Rizwan also lent a helping hand in getting close to the target. It was however the explosive Khushdil who brought home the match with a quickfire 41 off 23.
In a show of grand gesture, Babar Azam handed his Man of the Match award to Khushdil for his Pakistan match-winning knock.