Pakistan’s star batsman Babar Azam created history playing his first match as a vice-captain of his team as he scored a scintillating century against Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI of the series in Karachi.
With this century, Azam overtook Indian skipper Virat Kohli to become the third fastest batsman ever to make 11 ODI centuries. Babar took only 71 one-day internationals to reach the landmark while Virat Kohli needed 82 innings to get to 11 ODI centuries.
Batting first, Azam made a 105-ball 115 before leaving the ground which helped Pakistan make a decent total of 305/7. Azam’s inning included 8 boundaries and 4 sixes. Moreover, with this knock Azam became the fastest batsman to make 1,000 runs in a calendar year for Pakistan in the 50-over format.
While it took 21 innings for legendary cricketer Javed Miandad to score 1000 runs in the calendar year of 1987, Azam achieved the same in just 19 innings to break his record.
South Africa’s star opening still holds the 1st position to make quickest 11 ODI hundreds in only 64 innings. Following Amla is another South African player Quinton de Kock who had achieved this milestone in only his 65th innings.
Babar Azam, 24, has managed to score only one hundred in his 21-Test career but maintains a descent average of 50 in ODIs.