Babar set to break Virat Kohli’s T20 record in upcoming series

HARARE: After dethroning India’s Virat Kohli from the number one spot in the ODI batting rankings, Pakistan captain Babar Azam is all set to break another record by being the fastest to 2,000 Twenty20 International (T20I) runs.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Babar Azam, currently, has 1,940 runs under his belt at an impressive average of 48.50 from 49 innings. He is just 60 runs short of the 2,000 runs mark.

The right-handed batsman will be hoping to score those runs in the first of the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe. If he achieves the feat in the upcoming series, Babar would become the 11th player to score 2,000 T20I runs.

The batsman is enjoying a purple patch lately and had recently hit his maiden T20I hundred in Pakistan’s nine-wicket win over South Africa in the third T20I.

He was also awarded with Player of the Series award for his 210 runs scored at an average of 52.50 in the four-match series.

Meanwhile, the PCB said Pakistan will be eyeing a whitewash to narrow the gap with third-placed Australia in the T20 rankings. With the recently concluded series against South Africa, Pakistan gained two and consolidated their fourth position with 262 points on the ICC T20I rankings.

Currently, England are top with 272 points, followed by India (270) and Australia (267). However, if Zimbabwe white washes Pakistan then the visitors will be demoted and jointly share the fifth spot with New Zealand on 255 points.

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