Babar Azam Beats Virat Kohli By a Mile in Race to 14 ODI Centuries

Babar Azam is now the fastest to reach 14 ODI tons.

 

Babar Azam is now the fastest to reach 14 ODI tons.

As numbers show, Kohli took 103 innings to reach 14 tons; however, Babar has been a lot quicker, taking just 81 innings to do so.

  • Last Updated:July 13, 2021, 21:57 IST
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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has become the fastest cricketer to reach 14 ODI centuries. He has surpassed a number of modern-day greats in the process, including Virat Kohli. Azam and Kohli are often compared in modern-day cricket. The 25-year-old does lack when it comes to consistency of King Kohli, but he is learning quickly.

Here is the chart:

81 – Babar Azam

82 – Meg Lanning

84 – Hashim Amla

98 – David Warner

103 – Virat Kohli

As numbers show, Kohli took 103 innings to reach 14 tons; however, Babar has been a lot quicker, taking just 81 innings to do so. Azam achieved this feat against England in the third ODI at Birmingham. He scored a mammoth 158 as Pakistan posted a score of 331/9 in the first innings.

Azam Smashes Records

Pakistan captain Babar Azam returned to form with a brilliant 158, his highest one-day international score, as the tourists tried to deny England a series sweep at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Azam’s 14th century in 83 matches at this level was the centrepiece of Pakistan’s 331-9 after they lost the toss.

Together with Mohammad Rizwan (74) he shared a stand of 179 — Pakistan’s highest for any wicket in an ODI against England — after adding with opener Imam-ul-Haq (56).

Azam’s innings was also the highest individual score in a 50-over ODI at Edgbaston with New Zealand’s Glenn Turner, scoring 171 in a 60-over World Cup match against East Africa in 1975 and England’s Robin Smith making 167 against Australia in a 55-over match in 1993.

Fast bowler Brydon Carse dismissed both Azam and Rizwan before collecting some late wickets as Pakistan hit out for a return of 5-61.

Azam, the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman, had been dismissed for nought and 19 by fast bowler Saqib Mahmood as England — who had to change their entire squad for this three-match following a Covid-19 outbreak within their camp — went 2-0 up

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