In a stunning display of batting prowess, Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, has shattered the previous record set by Hashim Amla, a former South African cricketer. Babar has now cemented his position as the leading run-scorer in One Day International (ODI) cricket, having scored more than 5,000 runs in his first 100 ODI matches – a feat that no other batter has achieved thus far.
The remarkable achievement took place during the fifth ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi, where Babar showcased his remarkable skills once again. Although he was unfortunately dismissed for just one run, his outstanding performance throughout his career has earned him this exceptional record.
Babar’s exceptional record
In the aftermath of his record-breaking 100th ODI, the Pakistan cricket captain has amassed a jaw-dropping total of 5,089 runs, making him the sole batter to have exceeded the 5,000-run mark in his first century of ODI matches.
The erstwhile record holder, Hashim Amla, finds himself in second place with 4,808 runs after playing 100 ODI games, while India’s Shikhar Dhawan is placed third on the list, having scored 4,309 runs. David Warner occupies the fourth spot with a tally of 4,217 runs, and Shai Hope rounds out the top five with a haul of 4,193 runs.
Babar’s awe-inspiring average of 59.17, coupled with his 18 centuries, is a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence in the sport. His unmatched performances have made him a force to be reckoned with, and his exceptional record-breaking achievement has cemented his status as a cricketing legend.
Kohli nowhere close
In the world of cricket, statistics often serve as a testament to a player’s caliber, and Babar Azam’s record-breaking performance has set the bar higher for his contemporaries. In comparison to Babar’s staggering tally of 5,089 runs in his first 100 ODIs, Virat Kohli, the former Indian captain, could only amass 4,107 runs, with an average of 48.89. Such a glaring difference underscores the magnitude of Babar’s achievement and highlights his outstanding batting skills.
Nevertheless, Kohli’s overall ODI record remains impressive, with a staggering 12,898 runs to his name in 274 ODI matches. His average of 57.32, coupled with his impressive haul of 46 centuries and 65 fifties, signifies his consistent excellence in the sport. In contrast, Babar has 18 hundreds and 26 fifties to his name, an exceptional record that is expected to grow even more formidable as his career progresses.
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