Well done Babar Azam! Pakistan skipper becomes fastest batsman to hit 19 ODI tons
By News Desk
August 30, 2023 07:39 PM
Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam has become the fastest batsman to complete 19 ODI centuries, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Wednesday.
He achieved this milestone during the Asia Cup opener against Nepal in Multan.
Babar Azam surpassed South African batting legend Hashim Amla who took 104 innings to score 19 ODI centuries while the Pakistani skipper captain hit 19 ODI centuries in 102 innings. Babar Azam also broke Hashim Amla’s record of being the fastest batter to reach 5,000 ODI runs.
With 19 centuries in ODIs, he has the second most centuries in the format for a Pakistani batter only behind Saeed Anwar's 20. He is the third-fastest Pakistani batsman to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket and the joint-fastest Pakistani batsman to reach 2,000 runs in ODI cricket along with Zaheer Abbas.
Babar Azam is the second-fastest Asian batsman to reach 3,000 runs in ODI cricket. He has set a new record by becoming the fastest player to score 5,000 runs in ODI cricket.
Babar Azam is the only cricketer to score 5 consecutive centuries in a single country – UAE and the fastest batsman to score 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 ODI centuries.
He is the only batsman in history to score 3 consecutive centuries twice. He is the fastest captain to reach 1000 ODI runs in 13 innings and the first Pakistani captain to beat India in a World Cup match.
At the age of 28, he became the youngest cricketer ever to get honoured with the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz – Pakistan's third-highest civilian award.
Babar is also the first Pakistani to win the ICC ODI cricketer of the year, a feat he has achieved twice.
He is one of 3 Pakistani batsmen to score a century in all formats and has the highest T20I score and the most centuries in the format for Pakistan. In 2022, he broke Ricky Ponting's record for most fifty-plus scores in a calendar year.