Babar Azam has taken his test average above the 50 marks for the first time in his career. Babar's test average passed Virat Kohli for the first time.
Babar Azam, captain of the Pakistan cricket team and currently one of the best batsmen in the world of cricket, is a real gem with the bat. Avoiding poor form with the bat, the superstar hitter demoralized New Zealand bowlers with his determined bat in Monday's first test. On the first day, Babar went wild with the racket, scoring 161 out of 277 balls as Pakistan scored 317 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. In the process, Babar also took another step in Test cricket when his average passed the 50-run mark. It was also the first time that Babar's average exceeded that of Virat Kohli in the game's longest format.
Babar Azam and Virat Kohli have often been compared to each other ever since the Pakistani batsman has caused a stir with his incredible performances. Against New Zealand, Babar came on to bat as Pakistan had lost their first two wickets by just 19 runs. The Pakistani skipper first formed a nice little 62 run partnership with Saud Shakeel for the 4th wicket. Subsequently, Babar and ex-Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed recorded 194 runs for the 5th wicket, before the latter started off for a well-done 86 on his return.
At the stumps on Day 1, Babar went unbeaten on 161, putting Pakistan in a leadership position after play ended on the first day. Babar ended the day with his 9th test ton and a slew of new milestones under his belt.
One of the biggest milestones that has generated a lot of buzz on social media is the fact that Babar is now on average (54.93) higher than Virat (48.91). But with Virat Kohli's India taking on Australia in a friendly in February, things could change quickly.
Babar became the top scorer in Test cricket this year, overtaking England's Joe Root. Babar now has over 1100 runs under his belt in the longest format in the game, with Root right behind him at 1098 runs. Usman Khawaja and Jonny Bairstow also completed over 100 tries this year. The right-handed batsman also has the most innings of 50 or more runs in a calendar year for a captain. It was Babar's 25th 50+ finish of the year, surpassing Ricky Ponting's record of 24 which he set in 2005.
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