Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test Dubai: After managing scored of 92,62 and 13, Pakistan top order batsman Babar Azam finally registered his maiden Test hundred. He scored 127 against New Zealand and also overtook India skipper Virat Kohli in terms of average in 2018. He already has five half-centuries in the 10 innings he has played so far in 2018. Virat Kohli has an average of 59.05 and Babar Azam averages 67.71.

Highest average in Test cricket in 2018 (minimum 400 runs):

Babar Azam 67.71

Virat Kohli 59.05

GDM Karunaratne 53.91

AB de Villiers 53.16

But what made him get into an altercation with Pakistan journalist Zainab Abbas? Azam slammed one of his biggest admirers Zainab for calling him Mickey Arthur’s son. She tweeted, “Well played Babar Azam – loved how the boys went congratulating Mickey Arthur celebrating his “son’s” century.”

In reply, Azam appeared to be unhappy with the comment and slammed Abbas for “crossing her limits”.

Last month the cricketer was out on 99 against Australia and missed his maiden hundred, but better late than never, he has surely grown to become one of the most reliable batsmen for Pakistan currently.

“There was no pressure [of scoring a Test hundred]”, Babar said. “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. I was out on 99 against Australia. It’s definitely a relief to get over the line. I have gained a lot of confidence in the wake of scoring this hundred.”