LAHORE - Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who surpassed Indian batsman Virat Kohli’s No 1 position in ODI batting rankings, has set his sight to get another milestone in his so far outstanding cricket career as he is keen to score the fastest 2,000 T20I runs.
The series against Zimbabwe is an ideal opportunity for the great batsman to accomplish this unique task to become the 11th player in cricket history to score 2,000 T20I runs. “Babar, who last week was named the No 1 ranked player in the ICC ODI rankings, needs 60 more runs to break India’s Virat Kohli’s record of fastest to 2000 T20I runs, which the Indian captain achieved in 56 innings,” according to the stats made available here on Tuesday.
Babar will be aiming to score those 60 runs in the first of the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe, which begins today. Babar, currently has scored 1,940 with a fine average of 48.50 from 49 innings, is only 60 runs short of the 2,000 runs mark.
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“Babar’s captaincy has been on a constant improvement since last year series against Bangladesh. The green shirts have won four T20I series (Bangladesh 2-0, Zimbabwe 3-0 and South Africa 2-1 at home and 3-1 away against South Africa) besides the 1-1 series draw against England, they are yet to lose a single T20I series,” said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman here.
Pakistan is looking to narrow gap with Australia on T20I rankings. With the recently-concluded series against South Africa, Pakistan gained two and consolidated their fourth position with 262 points on the ICC T20I rankings. Pakistan will be aiming to clean-sweep Zimbabwe series to narrow the gap with third-placed Australia in the T20 rankings. England are top with 272 points, followed by India (270) and Australia (267).
“If Pakistan win all three matches against Zimbabwe, they will gain one point and narrow the gap with the third-ranked Australia to four points. Winning the series 2-1, will still keep them to fourth position but will cost them two points and take them down to 260,” he said.
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In case, Zimbabwe whitewashes Pakistan, the visitors will be demoted and jointly share the fifth spot with New Zealand on 255 points. “On the contrary, if the hosts win the series or even a single match, they will climb one spot from 12th to 11th in the ICC rankings,” the PCB spokesman added.