India vs Pakistan: A look at Babar Azam's T20 records
- Babar Azam will lead Pakistan against India on Sunday
- Babar Azam is the fastest to score 2,000 T20I runs, reaching the landmark in 52 innings
- Virat Kohli took 56 innings to score 2,000 runs in the shortest format
Babar Azam will lead Pakistan against India in the much-anticipated T20 World Cup opener for both sides on Sunday. A contest which has defined T20 World Cup history, it will be the sixth time the fierce rivals face each other in the tournament’s history, with India having won all five previous encounters. And Azam will have to lead his side from the front for Pakistan to have any hopes of getting their first taste of victory against India in a World Cup.
Azam has been one of the best batsmen in the world recently, particularly in T20Is. The 27-year-old is entering the peak years of his career and is starting to show why he was such a highly-rated youngster and the torch-bearer of Pakistani cricket.
Here is a look at the various records to Azam’s name in T20s:
Fastest to 2,000 T20I runs
Earlier this year, Azam became the fastest player to reach 2,000 runs in T20 Internationals, reaching the milestone in just his 52nd innings, four less than his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli. Australian skipper Aaron Finch (62) and the New Zealand duo of Brendon McCullum (66) Martin Guptill (68) are next in that list.
Fastest to 7,000 T20 runs
Azam became the fastest to reach 7,000 in T20 cricket, including domestic competitions, reaching that landmark during a match in Pakistan’s National T20 Cup in what was his 187th innings. West Indies legend Chris Gayle took 192 innings to reach 7,000 T20 runs, while reached that mark in 212 innings.
Second-fastest to 1,000 runs
Azam was also the second-fastest to reach 1,000 T20I runs, reaching the milestone in 26 innings, two more than England’s Dawid Malan.
Azam has the third-highest batting average in T20Is. His average of 46.89 is behind only teammate Mohammad Rizwan (48.40) and Kohli (52.65).
He has the third highest number of fifties (21) in T20Is, behind Rohit Sharma (26) and Kohli (28).
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His record of 15 fours in an innings, against South Africa earlier this year, is second only to the 16 Aaron Finch hit against Zimbabwe in 2018.
He also has five player-of-the-series awards in T20Is, second only to Kohli’s seven.
He has a total of 2,204 runs in T20Is from 56 innings, including 21 fifties and one century.