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Asia Cup 2023: Babar Azam Breaks Kohli’s 9-Year-Old Record

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 31, 2023. 06:15 pm UPDATED: Aug 31, 2023. 06:15 pm

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Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, played a game-winning innings against Nepal in the opening match of the 2023 Asia Cup at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

The all-format captain led the national team to a massive total of 343 runs on the board with 151 runs off 131 deliveries, including 14 boundaries and four sixes.

The cricketer from Lahore surpassed Virat Kohli’s previous record for the highest individual score by a captain in Asia Cup history with this historic performance.

In comparison to Sourav Ganguly, who scored 135* runs against Bangladesh in 2000, the former Indian captain scored 136 runs against them in 2014. The top 5 are listed below:

BatterScoreCountryOppositionYear
Babar Azam151PakistanNepal2023
Virat Kohli136IndiaBangladesh2014
Sourav Ganguly135*IndiaBangladesh2000
Arjuna Ranatunga131*Sri LankaIndia1997

It is noteworthy that the 28-year-old batsman is currently just one century away from tying Saeed Anwar’s record for Pakistan’s most ODI centuries.

The right-handed batter broke the previous record of Hashim Amla, a former South African batter, by scoring the fastest 19 ODI hundreds with this one.

Read more: Babar Reacts to Kohli’s Statement Ahead of Pakistan-India Asia Cup Clash

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