Babar Azam becomes quickest to 2000 T20I runs
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been in scintillating form with the bat at the moment. He is one of the very few batsmen in the current era who has been scoring runs on a consistent basis.
Be it Tests, ODIs and T20Is, the right-handed batsman has often dominated the sport across formats. This is precisely the reason why he is one of the best batsmen in the world.
He has often been compared to the likes of India’s run-machine Virat Kohli because of his consistency and approach to the game. Babar is ranked the No.1 batsman in ODIs and No.1 batsman in T20Is.
He is ranked No.2 in Tests behind Virat Kohli. Meanwhile, the Pakistan captain has accomplished a new milestone in the truncated version of the game. He became the quickest batsman to score 2000 runs in T20I cricket.
Babar Azam achieved the feat against Zimbabwe in the third T20I. He scored a 46-ball 52 (5 fours) against Zimbabwe in the series decider in Harare Sports Club in Harare. The 26-year-old took 52 innings to reach the feat, four less than Indian captain Virat Kohli who took 56 innings to do the same.
Pakistan scored 165/3 in 20 overs. Mohammed Rizwan top-scored with 91 off 60 balls including 5 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 151.67. Pakistan reduced Zimbabwe to 141/7 in 20 overs. Wesley Madhevere top-scored with 59 off 47 balls including 7 boundaries.
Hasan Ali was named the man of the match for his 4/18 in his quota of 4 overs. “Always happy to perform when the team wins. As long as the body language is good, we do well. The way they played was brilliant, but things were in our control. We knew that one wicket would bring us back into the game because the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat well,” Hasan Ali said at the post-match presentation.
“It was a team effort. The openers gave a good start, and the discussion with Rizwan and me was that we needed a big partnership and one of us had to take it deep. The ball was coming onto the bat well and our target was 150-160. They batted well in the first ten overs, they fought back well, but our fast bowlers came back better,” Pakistan captain added in the post-match presentation.