Babar Azam overtakes Virat Kohli after scoring his maiden century in Dubai
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Babar Azam overtakes Virat Kohli after scoring his maiden century in Dubai

In his last four Test innings, the 24-year old has managed 92, 62, 13 and an unbeaten 127 on Sunday.

cricket Updated: Nov 27, 2018 08:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Babar Azam overhauled Virat Kohli (GettyImages)

For a man with a solid technique and good temperament, Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has not managed to grab headlines in the longest format when compared to his ODI numbers. When he got to his maiden century in Test cricket against New Zealand on Day 2 of the ongoing Test match, it came as a major relief for the right-hander.

In his last four Test innings, the 24-year old has managed 92, 62, 13 and an unbeaten 127 on Sunday. There were a string of scores, yes, but it did not leave a lasting imprint on the match, a factor which was bothering the young man. With this knock, his average in 2018 has risen to 67.71 which is better the average of the Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has scored 1063 runs in 18 innings at an average of 59.05.

Babar is well clear of the Indian captain and now leads the table for batsmen who have scored a minimum of 400 runs this year.

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“I’d be lying if I say that not scoring a Test century was a burden on me. The difference is that I did the job today. My previous best scores will be counted as half-centuries. I had heard that scoring a Test century is special and that’s exactly what I experienced today. I was out on 99 against Australia. It’s definitely a relief to get over the line. I have gained a lot of confidence in the wake of scoring this hundred,” Babar said after reaching his century.

The Indian captain will have a chance to better his numbers with the Test series against Australia all set to commence from December 6.

First Published: Nov 26, 2018 13:57 IST