Star Babar Azam is regarded as one of the best batsmen of the modern era in international cricket. Babar is presently ranked first in the ICC ODI batters rankings and recently became the fastest batsman to reach 5000 runs in the format during the fourth ODI against New Zealand on 5 May 2023.
In 100 One-Day Internationals, the Pakistan captain has amassed 5089 runs at an average of 59.17 and a strike rate of 89.24, along with 18 centuries. Recently, he was asked to name his favorite ODI innings from his eight-year career. During the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup, the 28-year-old chose his unbeaten knock of 101* off 127 deliveries against New Zealand.
“The century against New Zealand will be remembered fondly. We restricted them to a considerable extent. It became overcast, and I believe there was some rain in the air. After that, the spinners began to receive substantial assistance. The situation then became somewhat problematic. From there, Haris and I could form a partnership, as the game began to shift. “We decided to play spinner as if it were a Test match,” Babar said in an interview for Pakistan Cricket’s social media account.
After 24.5 overs, Pakistan’s score was 110/3 while pursuing a target of 238. Babar and Haris Sohail (68 off 76) added 126 runs for the fourth wicket to assist their team in achieving the target with five deliveries remaining and six wickets remaining.
Babar Azam made a century in the fourth ODI against New Zealand.
Recently, in the fourth ODI against New Zealand, the Pakistan captain scored 107 off 117 deliveries to help his team post a massive first innings total of 334/6. In response, New Zealand was dismissed for 232, giving the hosts a 102-run victory.
Notably, the Lahore-born cricketer has scored 425 runs in eight innings with a 53.12 batting average and 104 fifties in 2023. The ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to take place in India between October and November. Babar’s current form is an excellent omen for Pakistan’s chances at the tournament.