Irish Paul Stirling becomes the 4th batter to hit 3000 T20I runs

Ireland batsman Paul Stirling became just the fourth batsman to hit 3000 runs in T20Is on Wednesday 17 August.

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Ireland opener Paul Stirling made it into an elite group of T20I batters by crossing 3000 runs in the international format.

Ireland batsman Paul Stirling became just the fourth batsman to hit 3000 runs in T20Is on Wednesday 17 August. The right-hander achieved the milestone during Ireland's fifth and final T20I against Mohammad Nabi's Afghanistan at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.
The Ireland opener remains the only player from his country to have completed over 2000 T20I runs, with the recently retired Kevin O'Brien finishing second with 1973 runs.
Suzie Bates, Meg Lanning and Stefanie Taylor accomplished the feat in the women's T20Is. This makes Stirling the seventh player in T20Is to break the 3000-run barrier.
Before the game, the veteran needed just five runs to reach the milestone and he accomplished the feat in the first-ever over of Ireland's run hunt. After the Irish team was asked to chase 56 in seven overs, Stirling started his swing through the point region with a boundary-off fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq.
He then played out a point ball, after which he recorded a single to reach the 3000 run mark. Stirling hit 16 runs from 10 balls with a four and a six before off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman was responsible for his wicket.
After reaching 3,000 runs, Stirling became the fourth batter after New Zealand's Martin Guptill and India's Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Guptill is the leading run scorer in the shorter format with 3497 runs from 121 games at an average of 31.79 with two centuries and 20 half centuries.