Pakistan’s Babar Azam has broken Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli’s record of fastest to 1000 T20I runs. Azam achieved the milestone during the third and final T20I against New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.
When he reached 48 runs on Sunday (November 4), he completed 1,000 runs in the 26th innings of his career in the shortest format of the game. He went on to score 79 runs from 58 balls with seven fours and two sixes. This was his eighth half-century in T20I cricket. In so doing, he reached 1000 T20I runs quicker than Kohli by one innings.
Besides being the fastest to 1000 T20I runs in terms of innings played, Babar has also taken the shortest period – two years, 58 days – to the milestone. Previously, England’s Alex Hales had reached the figure in two years, 262 days. Kohli took five years, 112 days for his 1000 T20I runs.
Azam is quite a potent act when it comes to limited overs cricket. In January 2017, he had become the joint-fastest player in history to score 1,000 career runs in one-day international cricket, equalling a record set by West Indies great Sir Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Quinton de Kock. Azam had taken 21 innings to his 1000 ODI runs.
Babar Azam, 24, made his T20I debut on September 7, 2016. He has now made 1021 runs with 97 not out, being the highest score which he made against West Indies in Karachi on April 2 this year.