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Stats Analysis

Babar Azam in elite company

A look at the batting records Babar Azam achieved during the three-match series against West Indies in UAE

Bharath Seervi
Babar Azam continued his record-breaking run in the third ODI on Wednesday  •  ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Babar Azam continued his record-breaking run in the third ODI on Wednesday  •  ESPNcricinfo Ltd

2 Batsmen to score centuries in each match of a three-match ODI series. Babar Azam became the second cricketer to achieve this after South Africa's Quinton De Kock achieved the feat against India in 2013-14. Azam also surpassed de Kock's record of most runs in a three-match bilateral series.
8 Batsmen who have scored three or more centuries in consecutive ODI innings. Azam became the eighth batsman overall and third from from Pakistan, after Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar, to achieve this feat. Kumar Sangakkara is the only player to hit four consecutive ODI centuries.
2 Number of times Pakistan have whitewashed a series of three or more matches in UAE - both against West Indies. Before this, they had done the same in 2008-09.
0 Players to have made their career's first three hundreds in successive innings before Azam. For Pakistan, Inzamam-ul-Haq is the only other player to bring up his first two centuries in consecutive innings.
349 Previous highest run-aggregate by a Pakistan batsman in any three consecutive ODI innings, by Saeed Anwar in 1993-94. He made 107, 131 and 111 in successive innings. Azam overtook his tally by scoring 360 runs in three innings - 120, 123 and 117. The record for most runs by a batsman in three consecutive innings is 411, by Rohit Sharma (264, 9, 138).
3 Centuries by Azhar Ali - most by a Pakistan captain in ODIs. He went past Inzamam and Shahid Afridi, who made two centuries as captains in 77 and 34 innings respectively as compared to Azhar, who has batted in 28 innings so far.
2013 Last time Pakistan put up two 300-plus totals in any ODI series or tournament, against Sri Lanka in UAE in a five-match series. In this series, they've made scores of 284, 337 and 308. This was only the ninth such series for Pakistan.
6.23 Pakistan's run rate in this series - their fourth-highest in any bilateral series consisting of three or more matches. Their previous highest run-rate in a series against West Indies was 5.37.
21 Number of innings taken by a Pakistan batsman to score three ODI centuries prior to this. That record was set by Nasir Jamshed. Azam has now scored as many centuries in just 18 innings. He now has 886 runs, needing another 114 runs in next two innings to become the quickest player to 1000 ODI runs.
2 Pakistan left-arm bowlers who have taken 100 or more ODI wickets. Wahab Riaz became the second to reach the milestone in this match. Wasim Akram (502 wickets) was the first to do so.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath