Twitter lauds Babar as he surpasses idol Virat to become second fastest to 3000

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Babar Azam of Pakistan celebrates after scoring a century during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

 He came, he saw, he conquered. In a must-win fixture for Pakistan on Wednesday, Babar Azam walked in, displayed nerves of steel and stayed till the end of the chase to send his side over the line with a six-wicket triumph over the unbeaten side of the tournament, New Zealand.

Green shirts, who were 110 for three at the halfway point of 25 overs, achieved the target in final over at the loss of four wickets, all credits to Babar Azam’s undefeated and marvelous 101-run knock.

“This is my best innings. the wicket was difficult and turned a lot in the second half. The plan was to go through to the end and give my 100%,” man-of-the-match, Babar, said at the presentation ceremony.

“When we started, the plan was to see out Ferguson. But when Santner came on, the plan became not to give wickets to him and cover up later when the fast bowlers come on. The fans support us here in Birmingham, it’s great.”

As Pakistan kept their hopes to reach the semis alive, Twitterati took to the social media platform to express their happiness and, obviously, to compare the young great Babar with his Indian idol, Virat Kohli.

Following the high-staked fixture, the growing legend took to Twitter to dedicate his ton to “SoniDharti (motherland)”.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, a cricket legend himself, lauded the cricket team, especially the man of the moment, Babar, for “a great comeback”

For PTI stalwart Aleem Khan, it was a “treat to watch Babar Azam” in action.

‘Doosra’ legend Saeed Ajmal wanted Babar to “carry this energy on”.

Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar was absolutely delighted to see the “match-winning inning”.

The ‘cool’ Misbah ul Haq also congratulated the young batsman.

Hirra Hassan observed that there is no comparison between Virat and Babar as the latter is “on the right path to be NO ONE”.

“Babar azam…you beauty,” wrote anchor Kashif Abbasi.

Jaanvi was apparently ‘offended’ that Babar knocked his ton “before Kohli gets his”.

ICC, too, was all praises for Babar.

Zulfi Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, was also impressed.

“Still coming of age and already, by some distance, Pakistan’s best batsman,” wrote renowned Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle.

‘Lala’ noted that Babar’s hundred “made all the difference”.