Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has declared Pakistani captain Babar Azam ‘The Best’ after the latter scored his 16th ODI century to beat Australia in the third match comprehensively. This was Azam’s second successive ODI century, which helped Pakistan to lift the three-match series 2-1.
Azam had played an impressive knock of 114 in the second ODI. On Saturday, he played another unbeaten knock of 105 as Pakistan won the match by nine wickets.
The century against Australia on Saturday was Azam’s 16th ton in 84 innings. This means that he beat the previous record held by Hashim Amla, who scored 16 centurues in 94 innings.
Reacting to Azam’s devastating form, Vaughan wrote, “And again.. Simply outstanding @babarazam258.. #TheBest>”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 2, 2022
Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif tweeted, “Babar has skills, technique and jigar. The perfect mix when you are chasing a big total. @babarazam258.”
Azam’s teammate and fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, said, “Remarkable series win! ? What heroic display by Kaptaan @babarazam258 and #ImamulHaq and every individual played his part in making history. Crowd was buzzing as usual! ⚡ Also, #RamzanMubarak to everyone. Do remember us in your prayers as well! ❤️.”
Azam’s extraordinary feat earned him plaudits from cricket fans globally.
Time for us to celebrate this amazing achievement and a fantastic series win! ??
— Imran Ahmad Khan (@imranahmadkh) April 2, 2022
Babar Azam world record fastest to 16 ODI centuries (84 inns), broke Hashim Amla's world record (94 inns). Babar also holds the world record for fastest 7, 13, 14 & 15 ODI centuries. Genius Babar Azam dealing in world records. ? @babarazam258 #KingBabar?#Cricket
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) April 2, 2022
— Mike Haysman (@MikeHaysman) April 3, 2022
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) April 2, 2022
We were able to make history after 20+ years, Masha'Allah. What a performance from the whole team especially Kaptaan @babarazam258, @ImamulHaq12, @iShaheenAfridi and @HarisRauf14. The crowd was amazing too. Thanks everyone and keep on supporting!#PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/fcaA7WEfXZ
— Mohammad Wasim Jr. (@Wasim_Jnr) April 2, 2022