Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-round skipper, just became the world’s youngest and fastest batsman to reach 7,000 T20 runs. He beat West Indian hitter Chris Gayle, who had reached the milestone in 192 innings, by completing the feat in only 187 T20 innings.
The 26-year-old made his T20 debut in 2012, and after a shaky start, Babar went on to become one of the best batsmen in T20 cricket. He is now the world’s second-best T20I batter and Pakistan’s third-highest run-scorer in the game’s shortest format.He is also only the third Pakistani hitter to reach the 7,000-run mark in T20 cricket. Shoaib Malik, a veteran all-rounder, and Mohammad Hafeez are the other two players to achieve the feat.
The most impressive aspect of Babar’s performance over the last few years has been his unwavering steadiness. Babar scored 1,000 T20 runs in 36 innings, and he has continued to score heavily since then, taking less innings to reach his next 1,000 runs in T20 cricket. This demonstrates Babar’s excellent run-scoring form as well as his ongoing efforts to enhance his batting.
The elegant batsman will want to improve even more and become the world’s fastest batsman to score 8,000 T20 runs. To beat Chris Gayle’s record of 1,000 T20 runs in less than 26 innings, he’ll need to score his next 1,000 runs in less than 26 innings.
In 187 innings, Babar has scored 7,055 runs at an average of 46.11 and a strike rate of 128.85, including six centuries, the most by a Pakistani batsman, and 59 half-centuries.