In the T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan has put a full stop on the team’s journey. Babar Azam’s dream of making the team champion for the second time was shattered with the five-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia in the semi-finals. However, Babar may have failed to take the team to the final, but he created a lot of ruckus with his bat throughout this tournament. Playing against the Kangaroo team, Babar broke the 14-year-old record of T20 Internationals and left behind his team’s batting coach Matthew Hayden. At the same time, in a special case, Babar even surpassed former Sri Lankan veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene.
Actually, Babar Azam became the highest run-scorer in the first T20 World Cup with his innings of 39 runs against Australia. He broke the record of 265 runs made by Matthew Hayden in the year 2007. Babar scored 303 runs in 6 matches in this tournament at an impressive average of 60.60. Babar left Jayawardene behind in the case of scoring the most runs in an edition of the World Cup of quick cricket. At the same time, he was just 17 runs away from breaking the record of Virat Kohli. Kohli holds the Virat record for scoring the most runs in a single edition of the T20 World Cup. He had scored 319 runs in the year 2014.
Babar Azam became the fourth batsman to score more than 300 runs in an edition of the World Cup. Before him, Virat Kohli, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene have done this feat. Babar’s opening partner Mohammad Rizwan also surpassed Hayden and he scored 281 runs in six matches of this tournament. Pakistan’s team was booked for the semi-finals without losing any match in the group stage, but the victory slipped from the hands of the team in the last over against Australia.