After former India captain Virat Kohli, Pakistan captain Babar Azam became the second Asian batter to reach 12,000 runs in international competition on Thursday. Babar was unable to surpass Kohli’s record for doing so in the fewest innings, though. Babar Azam accomplished this achievement in 277 international innings while Kohli took 276 innings to reach this milestone.
Babar and Kohli are only a few runs behind Joe Root of England
This accomplishment was made by Babar Azam during his 49-run innings against New Zealand on Thursday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. Babar and Kohli are only a few runs behind Joe Root of England, who is now ranked fourth (275 inns) among batters who reached the 12000-run milestone the quickest. Legendary West Indian Vivian Richards, who accomplished this accomplishment in just 255 innings, is now at the top of the list.
Babar is the first Asian batsman to reach 10,000 runs in international play in less time than Kohli
Pakistan’s all-format captain has amassed 3,696 runs in 85 innings across 47 Tests, 4,862 runs in 94 innings across 96 ODIs, and 3,485 runs in 98 innings across 104 T20Is. Babar is the first Asian batsman to reach 10,000 runs in international play in less time than Kohli, and he has 11,000 more runs than Kohli overall.
Here is a list of hitters who reached 12,000 international runs
Vivian Richards (West Indies) – 255 innings
Hashim Amla (South Africa) – 264 innings
Steve Smith (Australia) – 269 innings
Joe Root (England) – 275 innings
Virat Kohli (India) – 276 innings
Babar Azam (Pakistan) – 277 innings
On Thursday because of batsman Fakhar Zaman, who scored his eleventh ODI century
In the meantime, Pakistan defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the opening ODI on Thursday because of batsman Fakhar Zaman, who scored his eleventh ODI century. With more than an over remaining, Fakhar, Pakistan’s left-handed opener, helped his team to 291-5 and a 1-0 series lead by scoring 117 off 114 balls.
Babar said,”We wanted to start (the series) off well, so this was a collective effort. The quick bowlers deserve credit for the manner we ultimately restrained them. It’s satisfying to watch players carry out their strategies. The pressure that Naseem’s bowling applied to them, followed by the excellent performances of Fakhar and Imam and our joint innings, was terrific”.