Babar Azam surpasses Miandad, Misbah to become fastest Pakistan batsman to score 1000 ODI runs in a year
Babar Azam on Monday scripted a new record as he became the fastest Pakistan player to score 1000 runs in a calendar year. Babar reached the milestone after reaching the 54-run mark in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka at the National Stadium in Karachi. The Pakistani batter took only 19 innings to touch the 1000-run mark in a calendar year surpassing the likes of Javed Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf and Misbah-ul-Haq.
While Babar took just 19 innings to reach 1000 runs in a calendar year, the likes of Miandad, Yousuf and Misbah took 21, 23 and 23 innings respectively to reach the landmark. Babar reached his 16th half-century in ODI cricket with a cracking cover drive and moments later, became the quickest to reach the 1000-run milestone in a calendar year.
Babar Azam 19
Javed Miandad 21
M Yousuf 23
In the ongoing 2nd ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the hosts were off to a good start with Imam-Ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman scoring runs in the initial overs. However, Babar stole the show with some outrageous strokes and piled misery on the Lankan bowlers. Babar took some time to settle down but unleashed his array of strokes soon after getting a hang of the pitch.
Upon reaching his half-century, Babar played some big shots and hammered the Sri Lankan spinners on a sluggish track in Karachi. Babar has been among runs for Pakistan in ODIs and was the highest run-scorer for the Men in Green in the ICC World Cup 2019 – which was a forgettable tournament for the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led outfit.
Meanwhile, international cricket finally resumed in Pakistan after a long break since the terror attack at the Sri Lankan team in 2009. Although the likes of Zimbabwe and World XI have played in Pakistan in between, no major team has visited the country to play cricket. However, despite the anticipation, the National Stadium remained mostly empty.