Pakistani captain Babar Azam hit a brilliant T20I ton against England on Thursday night in the 2nd T20I in Karachi, which is his 2nd in international cricket in this format. He was nervous at first, but soon he started to unleash his shots and began to dominate with bat in hand. En route to a crushing unbeaten 110 from just 66 balls, he hit another milestone, becoming the second fastest batter in world cricket, after West Indian legend Chris Gayle, who reached 8,000 T20 runs. Babar 218 innings to complete a total of 8,000 runs in the format. This is an achievement for Babar, who has struggled with runs for a long time. He had a terrible time in 2022 Asia Cup, but here Babar has answered his critics with a brilliant knock in Karachi.
However, Babar still has some catching up to do to equalize with Indian great Virat Kohli, who has 10,904 runs in 333 T20 innings. Even the Indian captain Rohit Sharma is way ahead of Babar, with 10481 runs in 383 innings. Offside batter Shoaib Malik of Pakistan has 11902 from 447 innings. Gayle still remains the batter with the most T20 runs ever, with 14562 runs in 455 innings.
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He was the whole class on Thursday night, stroking 11 fours and 5 sixes respectively. You could see Babar very emotional as he hit the milestone when the team was criticized for their T20 approach to hitting. Many experts felt that Babar and Rizwan were not the ideal opening pair in the T20s and that they got off to a slow start. Also in the 1st T20I they struggled to get going from the start and eventually lost their wickets. Tonight they proved their critics wrong by setting up 203 for the opening wicket, which is now a world record. It will take some work to beat this opening partnership now.
Pakistan eventually defeated England by 10 wickets to make the 7-game run to 1-1.