Babar Azam surpassed Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle to become the quickest batter to score 9000 runs in T20 cricket
Babar Azam has gotten to the point where records have become his best friend. Similar to India’s Virat Kohli, whenever the Pakistan captain scores heavily in any format, he almost always sets a record. The PSL Eliminator 1 between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United was no exception.
Babar Azam, one of the best batters of his generation, has been on fire this season in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The batter is currently placed second on the list of top run scorers, trailing only Mohammad Rizwan. Babar set a world record while leading Peshawar Zalmi to a crucial win over Islamabad United with a 64-run knock. In the process, Babar surpassed legends such as Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle to become the fastest batter to score 9000 runs in T20 cricket.
Babar’s 39-ball 64 against Islamabad marked his sixth half-century of the season. In a total of 245 innings, Babar reached the 9000-run milestone in the game’s shortest format. Gayle previously held the record, having reached the mark in 249 innings. Virat Kohli is third on the list with 9000 runs scored in 271 innings.
Following a trio of Babar, Gayle, and Kohli in the top five are Australia’s David Warner (in 273 innings) and Aaron Finch (in 281 innings).
In recent years, Babar has been at his best in the game’s shortest format. Since 2019, he has scored nine T20 centuries, the most by any cricketer in the world. England’s limited-overs captain Jos Buttler comes in second with six T20 tonnes.
Peshawar’s victory over Islamabad earned them a spot in the Eliminator 2 against the Lahore Qalandars. The contest winner will advance to the final and face Multan Sultans on Sunday.
After the game, he spoke about his team’s victory: “The fast bowlers’ execution and return were outstanding. After 10 overs, the ball began to reverse. We couldn’t finish strong with the bat, falling 20 runs short. There is always room for advancement. We had to bowl effectively in the first six overs.”
Babar would like to keep his and his team’s form going for a few more games as Peshawar Zalmi attempts to win the PSL 8 title.
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