Pakistan Captain Achieves Rare Feat, Emerges as Second Player to Reach Milestone
Pakistan’s cricket sensation and captain, Babar Azam, scripted history as he marked his 10th century in T20 cricket during a Lanka Premier League (LPL) match on Monday. This remarkable achievement elevates him to an exclusive club, where he now shares the spotlight with none other than West Indies’ legendary batsman Chris Gayle.
Babar Azam’s monumental feat positions him as only the second player in the world, following in the footsteps of the iconic Chris Gayle, to register an awe-inspiring 10 centuries in the dynamic T20 format. The record, held by the ‘Universe Boss’ Gayle, stands at 22 centuries in 463 matches, establishing an illustrious benchmark.
Babar’s journey to this milestone is a testament to his prowess, encompassing T20 centuries across a spectrum of leagues and tournaments. His runs have resonated in international matches, the Vitality Blast, National T20 Cup, and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). This most recent century, a compelling knock for the Colombo Strikers against Gale Gladiators in the LPL, bolsters his reputation even further.
Standing as the solitary Asian cricketer to amass 10 T20 centuries, Babar Azam’s achievement is a moment of national pride. The list sees former Indian captain Virat Kohli in second place with eight centuries, underscoring Babar’s unique standing.
During this latest century, Babar Azam showcased his impeccable batting style with signature cover drives, boundary hits, and five maximums. His pivotal partnership of 111 runs alongside Pathum Nissanka facilitated Colombo Strikers’ emphatic seven-wicket triumph over Gale Gladiators.
Babar Azam’s participation in the LPL holds immense significance as he hones his skills ahead of major tournaments such as the Asia Cup and ICC World Cup. This platform not only reinforces his adaptability to diverse playing conditions in Asia but also solidifies his status as a dynamic force in modern cricket.
As Babar Azam’s journey unfolds, cricket enthusiasts globally will eagerly watch as he continues to etch his legacy onto the canvas of the sport.