Star batsman Babar Azam has become the fastest batsman to score a thousand runs in one year for Pakistan.
The newly-appointed vice-captain achieved this milestone in his 19th innings during second One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka on Monday in Karachi. He guided Pakistan to victory with his 115 runs off 105 balls in this match. His knock included eight boundaries and four sixes. Former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad had achieved 11 hundreds in 21 innings of one calendar year, while former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Misbah-ul-Haq had taken 23 innings to reach this milestone.
Babar has eclipsed Indian captain Virat Kohli’s record as well by becoming the third fastest batsman to score 11 ODI tons. He achieved this milestone in 71 innings, while Kohli could manage it in 80 innings. The other two batsmen who made centuries faster than him are Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock who made 11th century in 64th and 65th innings respectively.
The Pakistan vice-captain is considered one of the finest batsmen of the current age.
Total 10 Pakistan batsmen have made 1000 runs in one calendar year. With Yousuf achieving this feat the highest number of times. He made 1000+ runs in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Aamir Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed, Inzamam ul Haq and Hafeez have reached this milestone twice, while Javed Miandad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar and Younis Khan achieved this feat just once in the past.