Babar Azam adds another record to his name

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan captain Babar Azam added another feather to his cap on Saturday when he surpassed flamboyant Mohammad Yousuf in list of most ODI centuries by a Pakistani batter.

Babar scored an unbeaten 105 to guide Pakistan to a nine wicket win over Australia in Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium.

This was his 16th ODI century —  second most by a Pakistani batter in ODIs. He surpassed Mohammad Yousuf who had scored 15 ODI centuries. The list is led by Saeed Anwar with 20 tons.

The Pakistani captain now also has the best century percentage among all the batters who have batted in at least 30 innings.

With 16 centuries in 84 innings, Babar’s percentage of centuries is 19.04%, he is followed by countryman Imam ul Haq with 18.36%. Imam has nine centuries in 49 innings.

Babar was also the quickest to reach 16 ODI centuries, by reaching this feat in 84 innings, he left Hashim Amla behind by margin of 10 innings. The South African cricketer had reach his 16th ODI ton in his 94th innings.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Imam ul Haq has broken 37-year-old record of England’s Graham Gooch of scoring most runs in a three-match ODI series against Australia.

Imam scored 298 runs in the series to surpass 289 runs scored by the Englishman in 1985.