Babar Azam
Babar surpasses Kohli to reach fastest 1,000 T20I runs

Pakistan’s batting sensation Babar Azam became the fastest player to reach 1,000, beating the previous record set by Indian skipper Virat Kohli who reached 1,000 runs in 27 Twenty20 innings.

Babar achieved the milestone in just 26 innings while playing against New Zealand in the third T20I at Dubai on Sunday.

The 24-year-old ranked number one in Twenty20s hit a punishing 58-ball 79 with seven boundaries and two sixes as Pakistan whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 with a comfortable 47-run win in the third and final match.

Azam’s rise has also matched Pakistan’s elevation to the world number one ranking in Twenty20 internationals since making his debut against England at Old Trafford in 2016, when Sarfraz Ahmed took charge as captain.

The right-handed batsman registered his eighth fifty in Twenty20 cricket in the shortest format on Sunday.