On Monday in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), the Colombo Stikers defeated the Galle Titans by seven wickets thanks to a century from Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam.
In pursuit of the Titans’ 189-run mark, Babar got off to a flying start by hitting three consecutive boundaries against Kasun Rajitha in the very first over of his bat.
Without making a line mistake, Babar maintained his momentum and smashed Tabraiz Shamsi for a six over the fence at the end of the sixth over before hitting Richard Ngarava for a boundary in the fifth over.
The skipper of Pakistan resumed his onslaught with a 34-ball fluent fifty, his 87th fifty in the shortest format.
Babar decided to take the huge shot because the strikers needed 14 from the previous over. However, after playing a 104-run knock that featured eight fours and five sixes, he erred and was caught at long off.
The following player, Nawaz, delivered a 14-run cameo over the course of four balls to help the Strikers win with one ball left to play. Babar has a history of scoring lots of runs in the game’s shortest format. Additionally, the Pakistani captain has three international T20 hundreds to add to his impressive career.
Babar Azam’s T20I Career
Babar Azam has a stellar T20I record that stands out for his excellent scoring and exceptional consistency. In all formats, he has scored 30 hundreds (innings with 100 runs or more), with three of those centuries coming in T20Is.
The greatest individual score by a Pakistani in the format is his first T20I century, which he scored against South Africa for 122. This accomplishment demonstrates his capacity for success under pressure and a substantial contribution to the success of his team.
Azam’s continuous excellence in T20Is is reflected in his record-breaking accomplishments in addition to his centuries. In his 52nd inning, he became the quickest batter in terms of innings to achieve 2,000 runs in T20Is. In addition, he set new records for runs (303) and fifty-plus innings (4 each) at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Babar Azam’s LPL first hundred
In the LPL 2023 match, Babar Azam scored 104 points in just 59 deliveries to help Colombo Strikers successfully chase down 189. Babar Azam scored his first century in the Lanka Premier League in just his fourth game of his rookie campaign. Babar’s stay in the LPL got off to an unremarkable start when he was out for 7, but he immediately found his groove and went on to smash 59 and 41 for the Strikers in their following two games.
With a whopping 22 hundreds, Chris Gayle owns the record for the most hundreds in the game’s shortest format. Babar also made history by being the first Asian player to score 10 T20 centuries. Virat Kohli, a star for India, is ranked second in Asia with 8 hundreds in the game’s shortest format.
MOST T20 HUNDREDS
- Chris Gayle – 22 in 463 matches
The Universe boss stands at the first position. He Scored 22 centuries in 463 matches, no one even come closer to universe boss.
- Babar Azam – 10 in 264 matches
The Pakistani captain Babar Azam is now standing tall in the ranks after receiving too much criticism. He scored 10 centuries in his 264 matches. In comparison to the universe master, Pakistan’s brightest star only participated in about half of the games.
- Michael Klinger – 8 in 206 matches
In 206 games, Michael Klinger made 8 centuries. He occupied the third spot on the list.
- David Warner – 8 in 356 matches
The left-handed opening batter for Australia reached eight hundred. David Warner is renowned as a powerful batsman. He is a T20I Specialist because of his dashing between the wickets.
- Virat Kohli – 8 in 374 matches
In his 374 outings, the Indian great Virat Kohli scored 8 hundreds. the run-machine-style right-handed star.
Post-Game Ceremony Featuring Babar Azam
I made an effort to forge an alliance. The presentation was in two acts. Batting was quite difficult. I was attempting to form a working relationship. It wasn’t a simple pitch, but I gave it my all anyhow. There was more bounce than usual, and I quickly realized that we couldn’t just start charging until the 15th over. In his postgame analysis, Babar Azam praised his teammates’ efforts.
Several videos have surfaced demonstrating the Pakistan captain’s enormous popularity in Sri Lanka, where he is now playing in the Lanka Premier League (LPL). The right-handed batter could be seen in the footage waving and chatting with fans and signing autographs for them.
Lots of people care about me. In the three or four stadiums I’ve visited, I’ve received an overwhelming amount of support. Having people root for me from afar fills me with joy. I try my best to fulfill the needs of my audience. Babar meekly admitted to a reporter, “It’s not always possible, but I do try.”