Pakistan captain Babar Azam completed 3000 runs in T20Is, becoming the first Pakistan batter ever to achieve this special milestone. He also became the fifth men’s player and eighth overall to the milestone in the format, and also the joint-quickest with Virat Kohli to achieve this feat in 81 innings.
He scored his 29th half century against England in sixth T20I. With the late aggression from Babar, he eventually finished at an unbeaten 87* off 59 in Pakistan’s first innings effort of 169/6 after being put in to bat. The innings studded with seven fours and three sixes was a significant contribution on a day when all other Pakistani batters failed against English bowling line up.
Azam joins an elite list of T20I batters in the 3000-run club. India duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli currently leads the run tally in men’s T20Is with a total of 3694 and 3663 runs to their name respectively. Martin Guptill and Paul Stirling are the others in the club.
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. Except Azam and Kohli, all players took more than 100 innings to reach to 3000+ runs landmark.
Batsmen with 3000+ runs in T20I:
Rohit Sharma (IND) – 3,694 runs in 140 matches
Virat Kohli (IND) – 3,663 in 108
Martin Guptill (NZ) – 3,497 in 112
Babar Azam (PAK) – 3035 in 86
Paul Stirling (IRE) – 3,011 in 114
Most runs for Pakistan in T20I:
Mohammad Hafeez – 2514 runs
Shoaib Malik – 2435
Bismah Maroof – 2388
Mohammad Rizwan – 2258