Babar Azam, the Pakistan men’s cricket team captain, on Thursday (October 13), created a new record as he became the fastest Asian batter to reach 11,000 runs in international cricket. The 27-year-old right-handed batter reached the milestone in his 251st innings and, in the process, broke former Indian captain Virat Kohli’s record. The Indian batting maestro took 261 innings to reach the landmark. Former batting great Sunil Gavaskar took 262 innings to achieve the same feat and was followed by Javed Miandad, who breached the mark in 266 innings.
Babar scored 55 runs from 40 balls against Bangladesh in the sixth match of the ongoing Tri-series at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Thursday (October 13) and helped his side reach a total of 174 runs in 19.5 overs for the loss of three wickets.
Babar now has a total of 11002 runs to his name and is the 11th Pakistani batter to complete 11K runs in international cricket. He has scored 3122 runs from 75 innings of 42 Tests, 4664 runs from 90 innings of 92 ODIs and 3216 from 86 innings of 91 T20Is.
Babar was in good touch against the Asian rivals and added 101 runs for the first wicket with Mohammad Riwan, who continued his ace form. It was the eighth occasion when the duo added more than 100 runs in T20I cricket.
With his 29th fifty in 91 T20I matches, Babar also leapfrogged Indian captain Rohit Sharma to become the batter with the second highest number of fifties in the shortest format of the game. The Indian captain, who is also the leading run getter in T20I history, has scored 28 fifties and four centuries, and now Babar has 29 to his name. He is only behind Virat in the elite list. The 33-year-old Virat has scored 33 half-centuries in T20 internationals.