Mohammad Babar Azam, currently the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, is known for his remarkable batting prowess, having made centuries in Tests, ODIs, and T20I tournaments.
Babar Azam has 28 international centuries since making his ODI debut in May 2015. He now holds the sixth position among Pakistani cricketers who have scored hundreds internationally.
In his career, the Pakistan batsman has scored 17 centuries in ODI and nine centuries in Tests. He also has two more centuries in T20 Internationals. Azam is one of the most consistent performers in international cricket and is often praised for his impeccable batting technique.
Babar Azam’s Centuries in ODI Cricket
Babar Azam has consistently performed for Pakistan in one-day internationals since his breakthrough in 2016. He is a modern-day Pakistani batter and the star performer of Pakistan’s batting lineup.
Babar Azam, the Pakistan captain, is the quickest batter in white ball cricket history to reach 17 ODI centuries. Check the table below for the ODI centuries scored by Azam.
|1||120||West Indies||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||September 30, 2016||Won|
|2||123||West Indies||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||October 2, 2016||Won|
|3||117||West Indies||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||October 5, 2016||Won|
|4||100||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||January 26, 2017||Lost|
|5||125*||West Indies||Providence Stadium, Guyana||April 9, 2017||Won|
|6||103||Sri Lanka||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||October 13, 2017||Won|
|7||101||Sri Lanka||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||October 16, 2017||Won|
|8||106*||Zimbabwe||Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo||July 22, 2018||Won|
|9||115||England||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||May 17, 2019||Lost|
|10||101*||New Zealand||Edgbaston, Birmingham||June 26, 2019||Won|
|11||115||Sri Lanka||National Stadium, Karachi||September 30, 2019||Won|
|12||125||Zimbabwe||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi||November 3, 2020||Tied|
|13||103||South Africa||SuperSport Park, Centurion||April 2, 2021||Won|
|14||158||England||Edgbaston, Birmingham||July 13, 2021||Lost|
|15||114||Australia||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||March 31, 2022||Won|
|16||105*||Australia||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||April 2, 2022||Won|
|17||103||West Indies||Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan||June 8, 2022||Won|
Babar Azam’s First ODI Century in 2016
Babar Azam made his first appearance in international cricket against Zimbabwe in an ODI game and provided a peek at a promising future with a fifty. However, it took the top-order batsman till 2016 to score his first century for his country in any format in an international tournament.
In the opening game of the 2016 ODI series against the West Indies, Babar Azam scored his debut century. He then added two more scores of 100 or more. Each hundred resulted in winning the game.
Having achieved this feat against the West Indies in the Middle East, he became the eighth batsman in one-day cricket to make three consecutive centuries of 120, 123, and 117 against the West Indies, Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Only 11 batters have ever scored three consecutive hundreds in ODI cricketing world. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma from India are on the list.
All four of his centuries in 2017 came in ODIs. His best score was a hundred of 125* against West Indies at Providence Stadium, Guyana.
Babar Azam Centuries: Three consecutive ODI Hundreds: 2019-2022
Babar Azam’s International cricket career was most rewarding in 2019 when he scored three ODI hundreds and concluded the year as Pakistan’s top run-scorer across all three formats.
At the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, he scored his 15th ODI century against Australia, 114 off 83 balls, helping Pakistan hunt down their highest ODI score, a total of 349. He then led Pakistan to sweep the series 2-1 with an undefeated 115-ball 105 against Australia in the 3rd ODI.
Azam later scored another ton, his 17th in ODIs and sixth in a successful Pakistan run-chase, in the opening match of the one-day international series against the West Indies, leading his Pakistan squad to a five-wicket victory.
With this achievement, Azam joined a select group of batsmen who have twice scored three consecutive centuries in ODI history.
Babar Azam’s Centuries in Test
|1||127*||New Zealand||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||November 24, 2018||Won|
|2||104||Australia||The Gabba, Brisbane||November 21, 2019||Lost|
|3||102*||Sri Lanka||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi||December 11, 2019||Drawn|
|4||100*||Sri Lanka||National Stadium, Karachi||December 19, 2019||Won|
|5||143||Bangladesh||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi||February 7, 2020||Won|
|6||196||Australia||National Stadium, Karachi||March 12, 2021||Drawn|
|7||119||Sri Lanka||Galle International Stadium, Galle||July 16, 2022||Won|
Babar has consistently played above and good in limited-overs cricket, but he has now begun to excel in the Test cricket format.
Babar Azam has nine test centuries to his name so far in his career, three of which came against Sri Lanka and two of which came against Australia. It’s fascinating that six out of nine centuries were delivered in Pakistan.
Babar Azam’s First Test Debut Century in 2018
In 2018, Azam recorded his first century against New Zealand at the Dubai International Stadium. However, that game was won by Pakistan thanks to Babar’s 127-run performance.
At their fortress, the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia, faced up against Babar in the following hundred. Despite his 104 runs, Pakistan was defeated in the game.
Babar Azam Centuries in Tests from 2019 to 2022
Babar’s next two test centuries came in a test series at home in 2019 against Sri Lanka. In Rawalpindi, he scored 102*, while in Karachi, he hit 100*. Pakistan won the Karachi test match, while the Rawalpindi test was drawn. Azam hit his fifth hundred against Bangladesh at Rawalpindi in 2020.
In 2021, Pakistan captain Babar Azam became the player to record 14 ODI hundreds, the fastest in 81 innings. This was the ODI against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
In 2022, Australia visited Pakistan; nevertheless, the tour encountered flat tracks. At the National Stadium in Karachi, Babar scored a superb 196 runs, but the game ended in a tie. In the continuing Galle test, he recorded his seventh test century.
The right-handed batsman achieved his 9th test hundred against the Kiwis in the opening match of the New Zealand tour to Pakistan in 2022. He scored four 100 or higher in 2022, one of his best years in most centuries.
Babar Azam’s Centuries in T20I
|1||122||South Africa||SuperSport Park, Centurion||April 14, 2021||Won|
|2||110*||England||National Stadium, Karachi||September 22, 2022||Won|
Babar has two centuries in the game’s shorter format, T20I. Only Babar has more than one hundred in the T20I International games for Pakistan.
His two T20I centuries have been accomplished under intense pressure to reach second innings totaling 200 or more.
Babar Azam’s First T20I Century in 2021
The Pakistani skipper scored his country’s maiden ton in a T20 match as his team successfully chased down a challenging 204-run mark with two overs remaining. He scored 122 against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion, on April 14, 2021. The Pakistani team won the match.
In 2022, Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan’s cricket squad, hit his second T20I hundred. He had a great game against England in the second T20I. Pakistan chased down a goal of 200 as Babar hit an unbeaten 110 off 66 balls. To bet on cricket you can visit the page here.
Babam Azam’s Reputation in Pakistan Cricket Team
Babar Azam is an iconic figure in the Pakistani cricket team. He has been the backbone of Pakistan’s batting lineup recently, making a name for himself in International level cricket by scoring consistently high totals.
He has been widely regarded as the leader of the batting lineup since his debut in 2016. He has garnered a reputation for reliability, consistency, and sheer talent. His exploits in international cricket have taken the country by storm since he scored his maiden ODI century against West Indies in 2016.
He has since become the number one batsman in ICC’s ODI rankings, a feat that speaks volumes about his capabilities.