Pakistan’s Babar Azam Becomes Fatstest to 10,000 T20 Runs, Beats Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle’s Record

Last Updated: February 22, 2024, 09:08 IST

Babar Azam hitting a ball (AP)

Babar Azam hitting a ball (AP)

Babar Azam became the fastest batter to reach 10,000 runs beating the likes of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli.

Babar Azam reached the 10,000-run milestone during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024 clash between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday. The Pakistan star batter became the 13th batter to score 10,000 runs in the T20 cricket and became the fastest to reach the milestone.

Babar Azam also became the first player to complete 3,000 runs in the PSL and is the second Pakistan batter after Shoaib Malik to reach the 10,000-run mark. West Indies batter Chris Gayle leads the list for most T20 runs, with 14,562.

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Babar’s fifty though didn’t help his side win as Karachi Kings eased to an emphatic seven-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi.

“I’m happy with my personal form though, happy to have got past 10,000 career runs,” Babar Azam said after the match.

“Big congrats to him, we all know that he is very consistent and I wish him all the luck. Keep playing like this and win games for Pakistan, that’s all I can say,” Shoaib Malik had said at the mid-innings break.

Babar’s landmark 271st T20 in which he became the fastest batter to reach 10,000 runs saw Peshawar getting bowled out for 154 in 19.5 overs after Karachi won the toss and elected to field.

Babar followed his half-century in the first game against Quetta Gladiators with a knock of 72 off 51 balls, but his effort went in vain for the second successive game.

Chris Gayle of the West Indies held the previous record of reaching the 10,000-run milestone in 275 T20 games.

Peshawar’s innings revolved around Babar’s brilliance after it lost three wickets inside the batting powerplay with Shoaib Malik clean bowling Saim Ayub off the first ball with a full pitched delivery that didn’t turn much.

Hasan Ali, playing against his former franchise, also had a dream start when he knocked back Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s off stump off his first ball.

Babar revived the innings with Rovman Powell (39) in a 68-run stand and Asif Ali scored 23 before Peshawar lost its last six wickets for only 18 runs in the last four overs. Powell top-edged reverse sweep against left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz and Ali holed out at long-on.

Left-arm fast bowler Mir Hamza (3-28), who bowled to hard lengths with the new ball, chipped in with the wickets of Aamer Jamal and then took a fine return catch to dismiss Babar in his last over as Peshawar innings folded quickly.

Pollard brought an early finish when he smashed three straight sixes and two fours in a 27-run over against Afghanistan left-arm wrist spinner Waqar Salamkheil, one of the two changes Peshawar made in the team which lost the first match by 16 runs. Salamkheil conceded 54 off his four overs and got Malik stumped for run-a-ball 29.

James Vince remained unbeaten on 38 and denied Pollard a much deserved half century when he drove Luke Wood (2-20) for a winning boundary.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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