Under the captaincy of Babar Azam, Pakistan defeated Namibia by 45 runs in the Super 12 round of the T20 World Cup on Sunday to enter the semi-finals. Babar played an important role in winning the team and played a blistering innings of 70 runs in 49 balls. His innings included seven fours. During this innings, Babar has overtaken Indian captain Virat Kohli in another case and has become the first captain to complete 1000 runs in T20 format in a year. New Zealand’s Kane Williamson came closest to this record, but could not succeed.
Williamson had scored 986 runs in the year 2018, which is the record for the most runs in a year before this. Apart from this, Virat has scored 973 runs in 2016 and 930 runs in 2019, but every time he missed completing one thousand. Apart from these two players, Australia’s legendary opener David Warner has also scored 901 runs in T20 format in the year 2016.
Babar Azam is the first captain to score 1000+ runs in T20 matches in an year.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) November 2, 2021
Babar played a century partnership with Rizwan
In the T20 World Cup being played in UAE and Oman, the pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan is seen in evergreen form. Both have given good starts to their team in every match except New Zealand. The batting of these two players was amazing that the team got victory against Team India in the World Cup match for the first time in 29 years. Against India, both the players had achieved the target of 152 runs without getting out. During this, Rizwan scored an unbeaten 79 off 55 balls and Babar scored an unbeaten 68 off 52 balls.