Captain Babar Azam on Saturday became the fastest Pakistani batsman to score 6,000 runs in T20 cricket.
The superstar batsman achieved the feat in Pakistan’s win over South Africa on Saturday night in Johannesburg. On a global level, Babar is the second-fastest to reach the 6,000-run mark, behind only West Indies legend Chris Gayle. Where Babar took 165 innings to get there, Gayle had done it in 162 back in 2014.
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Who is Babar Azam?
Babar Azam belongs to the beautiful city of Lahore. At the age of 26, he achieved such a huge victory for Pakistan. His achievements left the nation with nothing but excitement and pride.
The first cousin to the Akmal brothers, Babar Azam began his cricket from a very young age. He represented his country in the U15 World Championship followed by the U19 World Cups in 2010 and 2012. Azam showed a lot of promise and was the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in both the WC editions.
Within 2-3 years of playing for Pakistan, Babar Azam established himself as one of the most important members of the squad and was given the command of the team in the shorter formats.
Babar has successfully managed to prove himself as a batsman for all formats and his exploits in the T20 cricket are also there to be seen. A format renowned for muscling big shots, Babar quickly made a name for himself by playing delightful and eye-pleasing strokes.\
Notably, Azam surpassed Australia’s Shaun Marsh, India’s Virat Kohli, and Australia’s AJ Finch, who had achieved the feat in 180, 184, and 190 innings, respectively.
It is worth mentioning that Babar is already the third fastest batsman to reach the 4,000 and 5,000 T20 runs mark. He is also the second-fastest batsman to reach the 1,000 run mark in T20 Internationals.
Meanwhile, an unbeaten 74 by Mohammad Rizwan helped Pakistan beat South Africa in the first T20I at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
The visitors chased down 189 in what turned out to be a final-over thriller. Interestingly, it was their highest successful run-chase in men’s T20I cricket. Their previous highest was against Australia when Pakistan chased down 187/4 at Harare in 2018.
Also, with the win, Pakistan has become the first men’s team to register 100 wins in T20I cricket (excluding Super Overs).
The Green Shirts have registered 100 T20I wins from 164 games (Lost: 59, Tied: 3, Abandoned: 2). Second on the list is their arch-rivals India, who have so far recorded 88 wins in 142 games. They have lost 47 matches (3 tied, 4 abandoned).
Azam requires just one run in his next 15 innings to become the second-fastest batsman to cross the 6,000 run mark. Babar is already the third fastest batsman to reach the 4,000 and 5,000 T20 runs mark. Babar is also the second-fastest batsman to reach the 1,000 run mark in T20 Internationals.
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