Pakistan captain Babar Azam is one of the best batsmen of the present time. He is now number one in the ICC ODI and T20 batting rankings and is number four in Tests. However, this right-handed batsman took himself further by playing an innings of 119 runs in the first innings of the ongoing first Test with Sri Lanka and 55 runs in the second innings. And through these two innings, Babar scored a century in 5 of the last 12 innings and scored more than fifty runs in 6. He got out for 1 run in just one innings. He also has the highest innings of 196 runs in his career.
These 12 innings of Babar Azam are 196, 67, 55, 57, 114, 105*, 66, 103, 77, 1, 119 and 55 respectively. At present, Babar’s bat is talking like a sword, so many people call Babar the best batsman at present! Maybe in the next ICC ranking update, this Pakistani will rise higher in the Test ranking.
Kohli is not getting runs, and Babar knows his race by scoring a century: Babar has crossed the 10,000 run mark by playing the least number of innings among Pakistani cricketers. He overcame Javed Miandad. Babar Azam showed how to bat in Sri Lanka on Sunday. When he went out to bat,
Pakistan then two wickets for 21 runs. When Babar returned to the dressing room, Pakistan had scored 218 runs. Babar played an innings of 119 runs. Virat Kohli was toppled. Pakistan’s last 106 runs came in the ninth and tenth wickets. Babar Azam was on one side of the pair, Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah on the other. Babar added 106 runs to Pakistan’s scoreboard with these two bowlers! Pakistan scored 218 runs.
Among them, Hasan (17) and Nasim (5) both scored 22 runs. On the way to Shatran, Babur overcame Virat. After playing 228 innings, Babar crossed the threshold of 10,000 runs in international cricket. Virat took 232 innings. Babar crossed the 10,000 run mark by playing the least number of innings among Pakistani cricketers. He overcame Javed Miandad. Miandad took 248 innings to reach 10,000.
Babar is ranked fifth in the world. Viv Richards (206), Hasim Amla (217), Brian Lara (220) and Joe Root (222) scored 10,000 runs by playing less innings than him. Babar made his debut for Pakistan in 2015. Babar has played 74 T20Is, 89 ODIs and 40 Tests for the country. He is playing the 41st Test. He scored 25 centuries on the international stage. This is his seventh century in Tests.
Babar scored 119 runs off 244 balls in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Gull. His innings was studded with 11 fours and two sixes. Sri Lanka scored 222 runs in the first innings. In reply, Pakistan scored 218 runs based on Babar’s century. At the end of the second day, Sri Lanka lost one wicket for 36 runs in the second innings. They are ahead of Pakistan by 40 runs.