I was waiting for such an innings for a long time: Babar
Pakistan captain Babar Azam scored a record-breaking century against South Africa on Wednesday to chase the target of 204 runs with ease in Centurion. Pakistan won the match by 9 wickets and led the series by 2-1.
Babar played a 122-run innings off just 59 balls which had been highest ever score by a Pakistani in the shortest format of the game.
After the match, the 26-year old batsman said that he’s waiting for such an innings for a long time and he also planned for it.
“I was waiting for such an innings for a long time,” Babar said.
“I planned for it, and felt if I got a chance I would grab it. I am thankful that I was able to deliver. I stuck to my strengths and my gameplan was developed around team requirements. If you need 10 an over, you definitely have to play with urgency and, for that, you have to take risks.”
He also put on a record breaking 197-run partnership in the opening wicket in chase with wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan. Rizwan scored 73 runs off 47 balls.
“The partnership with Rizwan was outstanding. I give him credit for the way he played because it is really tough to play while fasting and despite that, he batted and kept wicket throughout. It takes a lot of courage and guts. The whole team takes inspiration watching him and it brings us confidence,” the captain said.
The last match of the four-match T20I series will be held on April 16 at the same venue.