Babar Azam equals Virat Kohli's record in T20Is

11:21 PM | 30 Sep, 2022
Babar Azam equals Virat Kohli's record in T20Is
Source: Pakistan Cricket (Twitter)

LAHORE – Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Friday completed 3000 runs in T20Is.

Babar has now become the fifth men's player and eighth overall to the milestone in the format, also the joint-quickest to it alongside Virat Kohli.

The skipper became the first Pakistan batter to 3000 T20I runs during his half-century against England in the sixth T20I of the seven-match series. With Mohammad Rizwan rested for the match, the onus was on Babar to carry the Pakistan innings.

The Pakistani skipper responded by donning the anchor role even as Pakistan lost a couple of early wickets in the Powerplay. Moving to 25 off 19 balls inside the first six overs, Babar completed his 29th score of fifty or more in the format.

Babar finished on an unbeaten 87 off 59 balls, accelerating in the end overs after making his half-century in 41 balls. The late aggression from Babar helped Pakistan to 169/6 in their 20 overs in Lahore on Friday.

Babar joins an elite list of T20I batters in the 3000-run club. India duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli head the run tally in men's T20Is with more than 3000 runs. Martin Guptill and Paul Stirling are the others in the club. 

However, Babar recorded 3000 runs in 81 innings, equalling Virat Kohli's record in the format. Kohli and Babar are the only two batters to reach the milestone in less than 100 innings

In women's T20Is, Suzie Bates, Meg Lanning, and Stafanie Taylor have over 3000 runs. Overall, Babar is the eighth player to the landmark in T20Is. 

The next Pakistan batter in the list is Mohammad Hafeez with 2514 runs followed by Bismah Maroof with 2388 runs. Shoaib Malik and Rizwan are the only others outside these three from Pakistan with more than 2000 T20I runs.