Pakistan skipper Babar Azam creates new world record even after missing out on century in 2nd ODI vs WI
Pakistan beat West Indies by 120 runs in the second ODI of their three-match series at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Friday. After electing to bat first, Pakistan scored 275/8 in 50 overs thanks to Babar Azam's (77) and Imam-ul-(72) Haq's innings. In response, the Caribbean side was bowled out for 155 runs by Mohammad Nawaz (4/19) and Mohammad Wasim Junior (3/34) respectively.
Babar, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in May 2015, has played in 87 ODI matches so far, scoring 4364 runs at an average of 59.78 with 17 hundreds and 18 half-centuries. He is currently the world's number one batter in ODI rankings.
Babar Azam and recordings are connected these days. Babar Azam, the Pakistan captain, has been breaking records in nearly every appearance of late, and on Friday, he accomplished yet another major milestone in men's international cricket. In the second ODI of the series against West Indies, the right-handed batter hit 77 off 93 balls, and with yet another fifty-plus score, he entered the record books for a gigantic batting record.
This was Babar's ninth consecutive fifty-plus score in men's international cricket, the longest streak by any batsman in the sport. Babar started his streak with a 196 against Australia in the second Test of the series, then followed it up with 66 and 55 in the third and final Tests.
Babar had also passed former India captain Virat Kohli in the previous game, when he became the first Pakistani captain to score 1000 runs in only 13 games. With this, he became the fastest captain in the fifty-over format to reach the figure.
Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, thinks the 27-year-old to be the best already in modern cricket. Babar walks to a century and once again demonstrates why he is the best batsman in the world.
As we all know, there is a fierce debate among cricket enthusiasts about who is the better batsman, Virat or Babar. We all know Virat is having trouble regaining his bat rhythm. Meanwhile, Babar is on fire and breaking world records every time he comes to bat.