Babar Azam surpasses Virat Kohli with this ODI record
Pakistani in-form batsman Babar Azam smashed his 11th career ODI century on Monday. He achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in Karachi. The swashbuckling right-handed batsman's tryst with records continued. Babar became the third-fastest to register 11 ODI tons. With this feat, he overcame Indian captain Virat Kohli's tally. Here are the records that Babar smashed.
Babar third-fastest after Amla and De Kock
Babar smashed a 105-ball 115 against Sri Lanka. He hit eight fours and four sixes. The promising player registered his 11th ODI ton and got to this milestone in his 71st inning. Whereas, Kohli had taken 82 innings to script the feat. Former South Africa batsman Hashim Amla holds the record (64 innings). Proteas' wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock (65 innings) follows suit.
Sensational Babar gets past 1,000-plus ODI runs in 2019
Babar is a special talent and he amassed the most runs for Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup (474). After this brilliant ton, he also became the first Pakistani batsman to amass 1,000-plus ODI runs this year (1,061). He became the fifth batsman to get past 1,000-plus ODI runs in 2019. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja are the others.
Babar up there with Kohli and Rohit
Babar Azam (9) has hit more sixes than Virat Kohli (8) in ODIs in 2019 and his strike-rate (91.70) is better than Rohit Sharma (88.00). Good to see him competing with the two ODI giants of modern era.— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 30, 2019
Kohli, Rohit, Babar are also top three in the ICC ODI Rankings. #PakvSL
Babar surpasses Miandad as well with this tally
Babar also broke the record of former legend Javed Miandad to become the fastest Pakistani batsman to cross 1,000-plus runs in a calendar year. The 24-year-old achieved the feat in 19 innings at 62.41, whereas, it had taken 21 innings for Miandad back in 1987.
A special moment for Babar
Pakistan batting ace @babarazam258 celebrated the return of ODI cricket to National Stadium Karachi by securing a spot on the NSK Honours Board. Well played Babar, we have more space available for you, seal it!#PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/1yaaHUUvRd— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 1, 2019
How did the match pan out?
Batting first, Pakistan posted 305/7. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq gave the side a solid start. Babar got along with Haris Sohail (40) to stitch a 111-run stand for the third wicket. In reply, SL were bowled out for 238. They were off to a disastrous start (28/5), however, Shehan Jayasuriya (96) and Dasun Shanaka (68) shared a 177-run stand. Usman Shinwari (5/51) stood out.