Pakistani skipper Babar Azam equals Imran Khan’s record in England

Babar Azam in England

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, set many of records in the third and final one-day international against England, which took place at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium on Tuesday. 

As a skipper, the 26-year-old top-ranked batsman produced the biggest innings by any Pakistani in an ODI. 

Shoaib Malik previously held the record for the longest individual innings by a Pakistani skipper in one-day internationals. In 2008, Malik scored 125 runs against India at the National Stadium in Karachi. 

Azam added to his impressive career by becoming the first Pakistani skipper to score a century in England in 38 years. [Prime Minister] Imran Khan had struck a century in Leeds in 1983 before Azam. 

Babar Azam performed admirably in Tuesday’s day-night match against England, scoring a record-breaking 158 runs. 

In addition, against England, the star batsman and Muhammed Rizwan set a record for the longest ODI partnership of 179 runs. 

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With his record score, he became the fastest player in men’s ODI history to reach 14 hundreds in 81 innings. In comparison, India’s Virat Kohli took 103 innings to attain the milestone, trailing South Africa’s Hashim Amla (84 innings) and Australia’s David Warner (98 innings). 

Babar Azam had struggled in the previous two games against England, being bowled in the first ODI in Cardiff before scoring a single run. In the second game at Lord’s, he only hit 19 runs before being sent back to the pavilion. 

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