Babar finally reaches a Test hundred against New Zealand having made 99 in last month’s series against Australia.
In his last four Test innings, Babar managed to score 92, 62, 13 and an unbeaten 127 on Sunday. It was his fifth 50-plus score in 10 innings this year, in which he averages nearly 68+ with the bat.
Babar Azam said he was relieved to have hit a first Test century for Pakistan, just three innings after being dismissed on 99 against Australia.
The fact it has taken the gifted 24 year old as many as 17 matches to break his duck seems odd. Babar is the world’s No 1 batsman in Twenty20 cricket, and already has eight one-day international centuries to his name – but many would regard his game as being even better suited to the long-form.
It is safe to assume the 127 not out he made against New Zealand in the second Test at the Dubai International Stadium could be the first of many in whites for Pakistan.
It was an entirely assured effort, bar perhaps for a few tricks of the mind. Babar has a well-chronicled blindspot when it comes to intervals, often losing his wicket on one side or the other of a break.
As such, he might have been a touch pensive when the teams broke for tea with him on 99 not out – his previous highest Test score, which he made against Australia in Abu Dhabi last month.
The man himself acknowledged it was a relief, but said he had not been worried about reaching the milestone.
“There was no pressure, I’d be lying if I say that not scoring a Test century was burden on me,” Babar said.
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.
“In the UAE, the wickets are on the slower side. You can’t play through the line, you need to take your time and be patient.”
As Babar scored his maiden test hundred, a lot of people congratulate him for this achievement and one of them was Zainab Abbas.
Zainab Abbass tweeted:
Well played Babar Azam – loved how the boys went congratulating Mickey Arthur celebrating his “son’s” century!
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) November 25, 2018
Babar Azam quoted Zainab’s tweet and said:
Think before u say something and don’t try to cross your limits! OOPS!!
Think before u say something and don’t try to cross ur limits!!! https://t.co/w8I8139OeY
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) November 25, 2018
This reply by Babar Azam to Zainab Abbas started a new war on social media. Some praised Babar while some disagreed with him. Let’s take a look what people have to say about it;
That’s really a question;
Why did Zainab Abbas call Babar Azam, Mickey Arthur’s son?
— Tehmina (@BlossomingLilac) November 25, 2018
It’s a Million$ question;
It will be interesting to see loyalties of Roti Group.
Will they stand with Zainab Abbas or will they support Babar Azam 😀
— Naveed Nadeem (@naveednadeem91) November 25, 2018
Cousin Effect maybe;
Babar Azam’s inner Akmal coming to the surface.
— Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) November 25, 2018
— Not your pal (@YourPAL14) November 25, 2018
Are you serious dude?
— Khurram (@khurrammki) November 25, 2018
Can’t agree with this!
Babar Azam need to finish his education. This is very Important
— Ali (@Bulleya_) November 25, 2018
HAHAHA That could be the reason behind Babar’s tweet!
Babar Azam doesn’t like to be called Imad Wasim. Totally understandable.
— Umair Farooq (@UmairFarook) November 25, 2018
WAOOW! A new Indian fan;
Boooom. Babar Azam just earned a fan. https://t.co/H3TaanDM50
— Jitender Singh (@j_dhillon6) November 25, 2018
That’s a big achievement;
That makes it two centuries for Babar Azam in a single day. https://t.co/BkWOjZxY5I
— 𓉔𓂝𓅓𓇋𓋴 | 𓂀 (@herfunmola) November 25, 2018
Here’s how other people reacts;
Babar Azam ended Jainab Abbas career
— Tanzeel (@Tanzeelified) November 25, 2018
Babar Azam is the guy parents want their daughter to be married to. Marriage material 😍
— Proud baboon (@MadMart05) November 25, 2018
Babar Azam becharay ko Zainab Abbas k english tweet ki samajh he nahi i 🤦🏻♂️
— Shoaib Raza (@BeeebaMunda) November 25, 2018
It would have been better if babar azam had said “Koi sharm hoti ha koi haya hoti ha koi ethics hoti ha koi ikhlakiyat hoti ha” 😅😅
— Muhammad Osama (@Muhamma03029205) November 25, 2018
Lmao Babar Azam has got himself gassed after a few good performances.
He would never be ever considered in Pakistan’s top batsmen of all time with that attitude.
— Fizza (@fizza_tweets) November 25, 2018
Hassan Ali as sees his whole teammate backing up Babar’s tweet.
Pressure. Pressure. Pressure. pic.twitter.com/I8lA6qNHLN
— . (@AnasMagnificent) November 25, 2018
Not sure Babar Azam or Baba Azam 😹
— Himanshu Shinde (@HimanJadduboy) November 25, 2018