World number one ODI batsman, Babar Azam, became the fastest batsman to score 14 ODI centuries, taking only 81 innings to achieve the feat. Babar achieved the landmark in the third ODI against England as he scored a magnificent 158 off 139 balls, including 14 fours and 4 sixes.
Previously, the record for the fewest innings to reach 14 centuries in the Men’s game was held by the former South African opener, Hashim Amla, who took 84 innings to score 14 ODI centuries. Overall, Australian women cricketer, Meg Lanning, was the previous quickest to achieve the feat, scoring 14 ODI centuries in 82 innings.
Let’s have a look at the five quickest to reach 14 ODI centuries:
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Although Babar scored a scintillating knock, he fell 15 runs short of the quickest batsman in the world to reach 4,000 ODI runs. The record is still held by Hashim Amla, who took 80 innings to cross 4,000 ODI runs.
Amla also holds the records for the quickest to 2,000, 3,000, 6,000, and 7,000 runs in ODIs. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s opener, Fakhar Zaman, holds the record for the quickest to 1,000 ODI runs.
Babar’s inning of 158 was his personal best career score and the fifth-highest score by a Pakistani player in ODI history. Fakhar Zaman’s unbeaten 210 against Zimbabwe in 2018 is the highest score by a Pakistani batsman.
Despite Babar’s heroics, Pakistan was unable to defeat England in the third ODI and lost the series 3-0.