Multan. Babar Azam has once again proved why he is being called the No. 1 batsman in the world. On the basis of Babar’s century, Pakistan defeated West Indies by 5 wickets in the first ODI (Pak vs WI). With this, the team has taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. Playing first, West Indies had scored a huge score of 305 runs for 8 wickets. Shai Hope scored a century. In reply, Pakistan achieved the target for 5 wickets in 49.2 overs. Babar remained unbeaten on 103. For the second time in ODIs, he scored a century in 3 consecutive matches. He has also become the first player in the world to do so.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam is always compared to Virat Kohli. But if we look at the record of the last 3 years, Babar seems to be quite ahead in this matter. Talking about all three formats of international cricket since 25 November 2019, Babar Azam has scored 11 centuries. On the other hand, former Indian captain Kohli has not been able to reach triple digits even once. He played the biggest innings of 94 not out. Not only this, Babar is quite ahead in terms of average to strike rate during this period.
Scored more than 50 runs 38 times
Babar Azam has scored 3797 runs in 69 matches of all three formats i.e. Test, ODI and T20 at an average of 57 in the last 3 years. During this, no other batsman in the world has been able to score more runs than him. He has scored 11 centuries and 27 half-centuries. That is, 38 times he has played an innings of more than 50 runs. The strike rate is of 81. During this, if we look at the performance of Virat Kohli, he has scored 2478 runs in 63 matches at an average of 38. Has scored 24 fifties. Strike rate is 72.
Rohit and Rahul are also behind
During this, Indian captain Rohit Sharma has scored 2367 runs in 49 matches at an average of 42. Has scored 4 centuries and 14 half-centuries. At the same time, KL Rahul has scored 2328 runs in 51 matches at an average of 44. Has scored 5 centuries and 18 half-centuries. That is, even these two batsmen have not been able to reach Babar Azam. During this, only 2 batsmen have scored more than 3 thousand runs in international cricket. Apart from Babar, Joe Root of England has scored 3212 runs in 40 matches at an average of 55. Has scored 10 centuries and 10 half-centuries.
Virat Kohli could not perform well in IPL 2022 as well. He has been entering the T20 league for 15 consecutive seasons, but till now he has not been able to win the Indian Premier League title as a player. The 5-match T20 series between India and South Africa is starting from today. Senior players have been given rest in this. Kohli will be seen playing in international cricket from next month. The Test between India and England is to be held from July 1.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2022, 14:28 IST