Pakistan captain Babar Azam made history on Wednesday night at the Multan Cricket Stadium, slamming a century against West Indies in the first ODI, his 17th in the 50-over format, to set a new record.
This was Babar’s third successive ODI century, having hit 114 and 105* against Australia in Lahore earlier this year to help the squad win the series.
As a consequence, he became the first batsman in ODI history to score three straight century in the format twice.
Babar had accomplished this milestone quite early in his career, as he smashed three straight tonnes against the West Indies during a series in the UAE in 2016.
Pakistan’s skipper is in top form right now, having scored more than fifty runs in the past five innings, four of which have been hundreds.
Babar’s most recent performance helped his side win the first game of the series.
In ODIs and T20Is, he is rated first, and in Tests, he is placed fourth.
He also beat Virat Kohli’s record as the quickest ODI skipper to 1000 runs.
Quickest to Score 1000 Runs in ODI’s as Captain
The right-handed player was also the first in the format to score 1,000 runs as skipper.
He reached the four-figure mark as Pakistan’s captain in his thirteenth innings, outpacing India’s Virat Kohli, who reached the figure in his seventeenth.
Babar also beat out South Africa’s AB de Villiers (20 innings) and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson (23 innings) for the title. Pakistan’s captain currently maintains the top place in the ODI batting rankings.
As for the match against the Windies, Pakistan secured a comfortable victory.
Babar Azam’s superb century (103), while Imam-ul-Haq (65) and Mohammad Rizwan (59) both who hit half-centuries, helped Pakistan beat West Indies by five wickets in the first One-day International at the Multan Cricket Stadium today.
Azam was superb, and Imam-ul-Haq kept him company as they scored 103 runs for the second wicket.
He then combined 108 runs for the third wicket with Rizwan before Khushdil Shah (41 not out off 23 balls) clinched victory with a late cameo as Pakistan eluded Shai Hope and the West Indies.
Hope hit 127 to enable West Indies reach 305/8 in 50 overs, but Pakistan won with 306.5 in 42.9 overs thanks to Babar and his guys.