In the first match of the Asia Cup 2023, captain Babar Azam scored a brilliant 107-ball century while batting first against Nepal.
Pakistani captain Babar Azam has played a brilliant century in the very first match of Asia Cup (Asia Cup 2023) against Nepal (PAK vs NEP). Batting first, the Pakistan team soon lost the wickets of its opening pair. But Babar took control of the innings with his brilliant performance and scored 151 runs. With this, Babar has also completed the 19th century of his ODI career (Babar Azam Century).
In the first match of Asia Cup 2023, Babar Azam batted brilliantly against Nepal and scored 100 runs in 109 balls with the help of a strike-rate of 91.74 and 10 fours. However, even after that the captain showed his magic and played a brilliant inning of 151 runs in 131 balls. During this, he has hit 14 fours and 4 sixes. With this, Babar Azam has completed 19 centuries in his ODI cricket career. With his century, Babar has also warned other teams that he is in good form.
Fastest completed 19 centuries in ODI
With his brilliant century against Nepal, Babar has also completed 19 centuries in his ODI cricket. Apart from this, Babar has also become the first batsman to complete the fastest 19 centuries in the shortest innings in ODI. He has scored 19 centuries in 102 innings. Before this, there was Hashim Amla of South Africa and he had achieved this feat in 104 innings. After this, Virat Kohli had completed 19 centuries in 124 innings. Whereas David Warner did this feat in 139 matches.
Completed 31 centuries in cricket career
With this century against Nepal, Babar Azam has scored a total of 31 centuries in all three formats. He has scored a total of 9 centuries in his Test career so far. Apart from this, he has scored 19 centuries in his ODI career. Babar has also scored 3 centuries in T20 cricket. Including all formats, Babar has a total of 31 centuries in 257 matches.