It has been a comeback for the ages for Fawad Alam as he has been piling runs for fun. During the ongoing Test match against West Indies, Alam brought up his fifth Test century, he has become the quickest to thump five Test centuries among Asian batters.
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara took 24 innings to make five tons, Sourav Ganguly consumed 25 matches, Sunil Gavaskar also used 25 innings to make his fifth hundred and Vijay Hazare made his fifth century in his 26th innings. The Karachi-born-left hander has left behind his Asian counterparts and has taken only 22 innings to reach the feat.
Fawad Alam has made half of the Test centuries by any Pakistani batter since his comeback in 2020. Azhar Ali made two, Mohammad Rizwan and Abid Ali made one century each in this time frame.
This was also Fawad’s 40th first-class century and has now scored most centuries in first-class cricket among any currently active Pakistani batsman. He is only behind Azhar Ali who has scored 41 hundreds. The Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas is on the top of the list with 108 tons.
Fawad has now scored four centuries in record 16 innings since his remarkable comeback and is just one ton away from outrunning Joe Root who has made five tons in 22 innings. The run-machine Fawad Alam has no intentions of hanging up his boots anytime soon and his hunger remains the same as a decade ago. We can expect him to tumble more records in years to come.
The Karachi-born batter has quickly assimilated to the role and is filling the void left after the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.