Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Babar Azam smashes Kohli’s record in T20I

DUBAI: Babar Azam has overtaken Virat Kohli’s record to become the fastest batsman to score 1,000 runs in T20.

Azam achieved the feat during Pakistan’s match against New Zealand in Dubai. He has scored 1,000 runs in 26 innings.

It took 27 innings for Kohli to become the quickest batsmen to reach 1,000 Twenty20 runs on October 2, 2015 against South Africa.

He currently tops the T20 rankings for batsmen as well.


Azam’s rise has matched Pakistan’s elevation to the world number one ranking in Twenty20 internationals since making his debut against England at Old Trafford in 2016, when Sarfraz Ahmed took charge as captain.

Since then Pakistan have won 29 of their 33 Twenty20 internationals with only four defeats, taking their tally this year to 17 wins in 19 matches with two defeats.

“I knew I had broken Kohli’s record,” said Azam, who hit seven fours and two sixes.

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