Babar Azam Completes 2,000 T20I Away Runs in Emphatic Fashion Against New Zealand
Babar Azam, the all-format captain, struck another half-century against New Zealand in the second match of the tri-nation tournament, setting numerous records in the game’s shortest format.
The match-winning innings by the opening batsman, who was also named player of the game, included eleven boundaries and 79 runs off 53 balls at a strike rate of 146.09, bringing him to 2,000 T20I runs away from home.
Currently, the 27-year-old has 2,034 T20 international runs, including one century and 19 fifty-plus scores away from his country of origin. Babar has scored 785 runs at neutral locations out of his total 2,034 runs, averaging 39.25 runs.
Innings Runs Avg SR 100s 50s
Home 28 1106 48.08 140.71 1 9
Away 32 1249 44.60 129.43 1 11
Neutral 24 785 39.25 118.22 0 8
The graceful batsman reached another milestone by scoring his 28th T20I fifty in 84 innings, matching former Indian captain and legendary batsman Virat Kohli.
Babar became the second-fastest batsman to reach 8,000 T20 runs last month, only behind Chris Gayle of the West Indies, and he also tied Virat Kohli’s record for the fastest batter to get 3,000 T20I runs.
After hitting 110 runs in the second T20I against England, Babar became the first Pakistani player to reach the two-hundred mark in T20 Internationals. He also became Pakistan’s most successful captain in the game’s shortest format.