Pakistan’s Babar Azam beats Virat Kohli to become third fastest batsman to score 11 ODI century


Pakistani batsman Babar Azam has become surpassed Indian captain Virat Kohli by scoring the third fastest century in One Day International matches. He achieved the feat during his team’s second ODI match against Sri Lanka at the National Stadium Karachi. Pakistan went on to defeat the visitors by 67 runs.

Azam’s century played a key role in scripting Pakistan’s victory. His 11 centuries came in just 71 innings, while Kohli had taken 82 innings to score the same number of tons.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla remains the fastest batsman to score 11 centuries taking just 64 ODI matches. His fellow countryman Quinton de Kock took is the second fastest with innings.

Reacting to his phenomenal performance, Azam wrote on Twitter, “Couldn’t ask for a better place to complete my 11th ODI 100 and fastest 1000 runs in a calendar year than to do it in front of my people in Karachi, Pakistan. What a game it was!”

His former teammate Shoaib Malik wrote, “Mubarak boys! Honestly missed being there personally, but the team looks solid MA ?? Special congrats to @Usmanshinwari6 for MOM and @babarazam258 being the fastest to 1K ODIs run, well done boys super proud.”

Azam has also become the fastest Pakistani batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year by beating the likes of Mohammad Yousuf, Javed Miandad and Misbah-Ul-Haq.