“In a stunning display of skill and unwavering determination, Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, orchestrated a breathtaking masterpiece during the opening match of the Asia Cup 2023 against Nepal. His resounding knock of 151 runs not only secured a resounding victory for Pakistan but also firmly engraved his name in the history books of cricket by shattering several long-standing records.

Babar Azam Surpasses Gautam Gambhir in ODI Runs

Babar Azam achieved a remarkable milestone by surpassing the esteemed Indian cricket legend Gautam Gambhir in the list of batsmen with the highest ODI runs. Prior to the match, Babar was poised to eclipse Gambhir’s record. With this extraordinary accomplishment, Babar now boasts a total of 5353 runs in ODIs, surpassing Gambhir’s ODI career tally of 5238 runs. Moreover, during this outstanding innings, Babar also exceeded Damien Martyn’s record.

Fastest to 19 ODI Centuries

The record for the fastest batsman to amass 19 centuries in ODI cricket was previously held by Hashim Amla. However, Babar Azam shattered this record, achieving his 19th ODI century in a mere 102 innings. By comparison, Amla took 104 innings, while Virat Kohli needed 124 innings to achieve the same milestone in the realm of 50-over cricket.

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Highest Captain’s Score in Asia Cup

Adding another feather to his cap, Babar Azam now lays claim to the distinction of the highest score by a captain in the Asia Cup. This title had been held by Virat Kohli for nine years, thanks to his memorable knock of 136 runs in 2014. Babar’s exceptional performance now propels him to the zenith of this list, with Sourav Ganguly’s unbeaten 135 against Bangladesh in 2000 following closely behind.

Record Partnership for Pakistan’s 5th Wicket

During the same momentous match, Babar Azam joined forces with Iftikhar Ahmed to forge the most prodigious partnership for Pakistan’s 5th wicket. Their extraordinary collaboration yielded a staggering 214-run partnership, etching an indelible mark in the annals of Pakistan cricket.”