Babar Azam snaps at Zainab Abbas after scoring maiden Test ton
Babar was miffed with Zainab's congratulatory tweet.
Updated - Nov 26, 2018 12:33 pm
It was a long wait for Babar Azam to hit his first three-figure score in Test cricket but even after he eventually did it against New Zealand in Dubai, the man was not entirely happy for some reason. The 24-year-old cricketer was immensely upset after reading Pakistani cricket anchor Zainab Abbas‘ tweet and replied with a very angry response.
It so happened that Zainab congratulated Babar after the latter hit his maiden Test century in the second Test against the Kiwis on day 3 of the second Test and mentioned that the look on the team’s head coach Mickey Arthur’s celebration suggested how happy he was with his son Babar’s century.
Here is her tweet:
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) November 25, 2018
But the Lahore cricketer did not take it well and hit back at Zainab. He quoted her tweet and advised her to think before saying something and cautioned her not to “cross limits”.
Think before u say something and don’t try to cross ur limits!!! https://t.co/w8I8139OeY
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) November 25, 2018
Twitterati was divided on the matter, while some felt Azam misunderstood the tweet as Zainab only likened him to Arthur’s son, others opined that the cricket journalist was not being responsible in her takes.
Hundred up for Babar Azam! Gets the ball into the gap for his maiden Test 💯
— Cricingif (@_cricingif) November 25, 2018
Babar hit his maiden Test hundred in his 17th Test and had 99 as his highest score in the longer format so far. In the ODIs, however, the right-hand batsman already has scored eight tons and has an impressive average of 51-plus. He has been in mixed form of late with a spate of good and ordinary scores in his team’s last two series at (Australia and New Zealand) at home.
Babar’s maiden Test ton puts Pak at advantage over NZ
His 127 not out came at No.6 and off 263 balls and featured 12 fours and two sixes. Pakistan declared their first innings at 418 for 5 after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat. Haris Sohail (147) was the other centurion of the innings. New Zealand were 24 for no loss in reply. The Kiwis won the first Test by 4 runs after the hosts faced a batting collapse.
Babar after the ton said that though not scoring a Test hundred wasn’t a burden on him, he was relieved to score one.
“I’d be lying if I say that not scoring a Test century was a burden on me. The difference is that I did the job today. My previous best scores will be counted as half-centuries. I had heard that scoring a Test century is special and that’s exactly what I experienced today,” he said.