Thursday, November 30, 2023

Babar Azam Matches Chris Gayle in Rare T20 Feat

Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, achieved a remarkable milestone by scoring his 10th century in T20 cricket during the Lanka Premier League (LPL) on Monday. He is now only the second player in the world, after West Indian legend Chris Gayle, to hit 10 centuries in this format of the game.

Chris Gayle, famously known as the ‘Universe Boss,’ holds the record with 22 centuries in 463 matches. Babar’s achievement is impressive, considering he is following in the footsteps of such a renowned player.

Babar has scored T20 hundreds in various leagues and tournaments, including international matches, Vitality Blast, National T20 Cup, and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). His latest century came while playing for Colombo Strikers against Gale Gladiators in the LPL.

Notably, Babar’s century in the LPL not only pushed his tally to 10 but also made him the fourth-ever centurion in the history of the tournament.

With this accomplishment, Babar Azam also stands out as the only Asian cricketer to have scored 10 T20 centuries. Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the second Asian on this list with eight centuries.

During his recent century, Babar played a spectacular innings, showcasing his signature cover drives, hitting boundaries, and achieving five maximums. He formed a solid partnership of 111 runs with Pathum Nissanka, contributing to Colombo Strikers’ seven-wicket victory over Gale Gladiators.

This LPL participation holds significant value for Babar as he prepares for upcoming major tournaments like the Asia Cup and ICC World Cup. He had expressed earlier that the tournament would help him adapt to varying playing conditions in Asia.

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