Ravichandran Ashwin eager to watch Pakistani hot-shot Babar Azam play, amidst Indo-Pak tensions
Babar Azam became only the third Paksitani to score 3 consecutive ODI hundreds.
New Delhi: Tensions between India and Pakistan might have been rising, but that has not stopped off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin from praising the recent performance of Pakistani batsman Babar Azam, who scored his 3rd consecutive century against West Indies.
Ashwin, on his way to Indore for the 3rd Test with New Zealand, tweeted that he is eager to watch Azam bat and hoped that he reaches on time to not miss his innings.
Looking forward to see Babar Azam bat tonight.Hopefully we will reach Indore on time to see the game.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 5, 2016
It is good to see players keeping cricket aside from battlefield as tension between India and Pakistan continues to grow.
Azam became just the eighth batsman in one-day cricket to smash hundreds in three consecutive matches with a superb 106-ball 117 to lead Pakistan to 308-6 after Ali won the toss and decided to bat on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.
Azam was finally bowled by Kieron Pollard in the 46th over after hitting eight boundaries and a six in another dominating exhibition of batting.
Fast-rising star Azam is only the third batsmen from Pakistan and eighth in the world to notch three hundreds in as many matches. Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara holds the record with four centuries in as many games.
Pakistan's Zaheer Abbass and Saeed Anwar, South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, and New Zealand's Ross Taylor are others to achieve the milestone.