Pakistan’s right-hand batsman, Babar Azam scored his ninth one-day international century in 63 matches during fourth ODI against England at Trent Bridge. Babar’s ton helped Pakistan to cross the 300 runs margin for the third time in a row.
However, despite his century it was rather uncharacterized innings from the talented right-hander and was criticized for playing too slow on the batting paradise pitch. Babar’s slow approach in the middle overs saw Pakistan short of 30-40 runs at the end.
Babar reached his 100 at the cost of 104 balls, making it the slowest of the 7 centuries scored in ODIs in Nottingham since the last ICC World Cup, beating the previous record of Joe Root who scored in 94 balls against New Zealand.
The 23-year-old slow approach to the game when Pakistan needed to accelerate has been bashed by the Pakistani fans who termed Babar’s effort as selfish and useless in the context of the game.