Babar Azam has taken the batting in limited-overs cricket to a new level. The Pakistan cricket team skipper has been on a roll for quite some time in white-ball cricket. After dominating 2021 in T20Is, the right-handed batter has been in demolition mode in ODI cricket as well. In the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, Babar is the top run-getter. What makes Babar tick is his ability to bat for longer periods, build partnerships, and score big runs. His shot-making, ability to find gaps and focus is on another level. At the present moment, it’s safe to say that Babar has taken over from Virat Kohli to be the most complete batter in limited-overs cricket. Here we present the numbers to back Babar’s case.
Babar rules the roost versus West Indies and Australia
In the recently concluded three-match ODI series versus WI, Babar struck a century and a fifty in the 3-match series. By striking a fifty (77) in the second encounter, Babar smashed his sixth successive score of 50-plus in ODI cricket. His run ended when he was dismissed for 1 in the 3rd match. In the first ODI, Babar became the fastest to 1,000 runs as ODI captain. He achieved the mark in 13 innings, surpassing Kohli’s record (17 innings).
Before the series against WI, Babar tonked the Aussies, scoring 57, 114, and 105*. Following his century versus WI, Babar became the first in ODIs to score 3 successive hundreds on two occasions. He also became the first Pakistani batter to smash four centuries in a sequence of 5 innings.
Babar on a different sphere versus WI
Babar loves to face the West Indies in ODIs. In 10 matches, he has racked up 717 runs at an astonishing average of 79.66. He has five centuries and a fifty versus WI at a strike rate of 92.63. His best score in the format is 125*. In the UAE, while facing WI in 2016, Babar smashed three successive ODI tons.
Most runs in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League
Babar is the leading scorer in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Notably, the Pakistani star remains the only batter with 1,000-plus runs. Having played a total of 15 matches, he has amassed 1,083 runs at a prolific average of 83.30. He has gone on to hammer six hundreds and four fifties. Babar has managed to smash the most fours as well (114).
The many records of Babar in ODIs
In 89 ODI games, Babar has muscled his way to 4,442 at 59.92. He has scored 17 tons and 19 fifties. He is the 15th highest scorer for Pakistan and boasts the best average among players over 4,000 ODI runs. He now has the most ODI runs in a series by a captain. His 1,083 runs in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League is the best ever. He surpassed Zeeshan Maqsood’s tally of 969 runs for Oman in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League 2. He has the best average in ODIs (minimum 4000 runs). He is the second-fastest to 4000 runs (82 innings).
How good is Babar in T20Is?
Babar is equally smart and terrific in the shortest format as well. He has piled up 2,686 runs at 45.52. He has smacked one ton and 26 fifties. Notably, Babar is already the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in T20Is. He is also the sixth-highest scorer overall. His 939 runs in 2021 are the second-highest in a calendar year. He has recorded the third-most fifty-plus scores and is only behind veterans Kohli and Rohit Sharma (30 each). He is the fastest to 2500 T20I runs (62 innings). He also has the third-highest number of fours in a T20I innings (15).
How does Babar fare while batting first or chasing in the white-ball game?
As per ESPN Cricinfo, Babar averages a stupendous 57.38 while chasing in ODIs. He has scored 2066 runs. He has seven hundreds and nine fifties. While batting first, he has piled up 2376 runs at 60.92. It’s safe to say, there is nothing much separating his approaches in ODIs. In T20Is, he has 1558 runs while batting first at 47.55. He has managed 17 fifties. While chasing, he has 1,128 runs at 43.38.