Babar Azam breaks another big T20 World Cup batting record

Babar Azam

Babar Azam with his innings of 66 against Scotland in the ICC T20 World Cup match in Sharjah on Sunday surpassed Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene’s record of most runs by a captain in a single edition of the T20 World Cup.

Babar has now accumulated 264 runs in this tournament. Jayawardene had scored 201 runs as captain of Sri Lanka in 2012.

Moreover, the Pakistan captain, with a half-century against Scotland in the T20 World Cup, broke another record set by his Indian counterpart, Virat Kohli. 

Babar is now the only captain to score a total of 15 half-centuries in T20Is, surpassing Kohli previous held record. 

Babar Azam reached the milestone in just 27 innings, whereas Kohli has done so in 44 innings. 

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Babar Becomes Fastest Captain To Score 1,000 T20I 

In addition, the Pakistan skipper has broken Kohli’s record for the fastest captain to hit 1,000 runs. Azam reached the milestone during last week’s encounter against Afghanistan. 

As the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, Azam scored his first 1,000 T20I runs in 26 innings. 

Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team’s captain, took 30 innings to get 1,000 T20I runs. 

Babar Multiple Record Breaker

Several T20I records were recorded to the names of Pakistan’s opening partners Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan during their T20 World Cup match against Namibia in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. 

Most century partnerships in T20Is, most runs as batting partners in a calendar year, most T20I runs by a batter in a calendar year, most scores of 50 or more in T20Is by a captain, and most runs after 60 innings of a player’s career in T20Is are among the records. 

Babar and Rizwan put up a 113-run first-wicket stand against Namibia, their fifth century partnership as batting partners and the highest by any batting partners in the game’s shortest format. 

They topped Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan of India and Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson of New Zealand, both of whom have four hundreds between them. 

The Pakistani openers also made history by being the first batting partners in the world to reach 1,000 runs in a calendar year. This year, they’ve scored 1,041 runs in 17 partnerships. 

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