Pakistani Twitter users are congratulating Babar Azam for being the fastest batsman to achieve 14 ODI hundreds, surpassing Virat Kohli and a number of other international players.
Pakistan lost the game (and series) against England, but Azam’s 158-run knock broke numerous records. It was Azam’s best one-day international knock, making him the quickest player to reach 14 ODI hundreds by innings played and the first Pakistani skipper to make a 100 in England in 38 years.
Fastest to 14 ODI centuries, by number of innings:
81 – Babar Azam
82 – Meg Lanning
84 – Hashim Amla
98 – David Warner
103 – Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/4cRlzbOoxZ
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 13, 2021
Babar Azam today scored his 14th ODI century, playing 81st inning of his ODI career. He is quickest to reach 14 ODI centuries, Hashim Amla reached this milestones in 84 & David Warner in 98 innings. Kohli took 103 innings to reach 14 ODI centuries. #BabarAzam #Cricket #ENGvPAK https://t.co/Wzt9RHSHr5
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) July 13, 2021
He also became Pakistan’s first skipper to hit 150 scores in an inning.
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) July 13, 2021
Social media was flooded with congratulations for Pakistan’s skipper.
Some found strange delight in his ability.
— Uhm (@itzhamas) July 13, 2021
There was a lot of hilarity surrounding India’s Kohli.
— Maximum Cobra (@CobraMaximum) July 13, 2021
— Huzefa|QG💜 (@itx_Hazzii) July 13, 2021
Others, like musician Asim Azhar, cautioned audiences not to question their own brilliance.
Never ever dare to doubt greatness. #BabarAzam 🔥🇵🇰
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) July 13, 2021
After Azam went out for a duck during the first ODI and 19 in the second, some supporters had lost all hope. England also won both of those games.
However, many regarded the 158 as a vindication for Azam, who had earlier ousted Kohli to become the world’s top ODI batsman.
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— 𝕄𝕚𝕒𝕟 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕙𝕫𝕒𝕕 𝔽𝕒𝕣𝕠𝕠𝕢 🇩🇪🇵🇰 (@shaadD10) July 13, 2021
The crowd at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground applauded his innings with a standing ovation.
— Mandy. (@MandyHox) July 13, 2021