Wisden ranks Babar Azam's 196 against Australia third-best match-saving innings of this century
Wisden declared Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s recording-breaking innings of 196 against Australia as the third-best match-saving innings of the 21st century.
The report said the Pakistan skipper lived up to his reputation when his team needed him the most and "piled misery" on the Australian team to raise hopes of Pakistan's win.
"The hosts had been bowled out for 148 in the first innings and were under immense pressure in the second innings after being set a target of 506. All of this didn’t seem to matter to Babar, who played an all-time great knock," the report added.
Azam had come in to bat when the team was reeling at 21 for 2. He had formed an incredible 228-run partnership for the third wicket with Abdullah Shafique.
Wisden India placed South Africa’s Dawayne Smith at 10th place, Australia’s Usman Khawaja at 7th place and India’s Rishabh Pant at 4th place.
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Babar created several 4th-inning batting records by scoring a fighting 196 on the final day of the Karachi Test against Australia.
The Pakistani skipper played 425 deliveries and stayed on the wicket for 607 minutes, creating new records for Pakistan in Test cricket.
He became the first-ever Asian player to stay for more than 10 hours in the 4th innings of a Test match. He fell only 36 minutes short of former England cricketer team captain Mike Atherton’s world record of the longest individual innings in the 4th innings of a Test.
His inning of 196 is the highest 4th innings individual score by any captain in the history of Test Cricket.
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