High-flying Babar Azam breaks another record in T20 cricket

Babar surpasses Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli to become the fastest player to 7,000 runs

High-flying Babar Azam breaks another record in T20 cricket PHOTO COURTESY: PA WIRE

Babar Azam has managed to add yet another record under his belt, cementing his status as one of the best batsmen in the modern era of the gentlemen's game.

The Pakistani captain has become the fastest player to cross 7,000 runs in T20 cricket, surpassing the destructive Chris Gayle and talismanic Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the elite list.

Babar broke this record during the ongoing National T20 Cup against Southern Punjab, where he scored an unbeaten 59-runs to guide his team to victory.

This was Babar's 187th innings whereas the West Indian Chris Gayle reached the 7,000 runs mark in 192 innings. It took 212 innings for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to reach this milestone.

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Here is the complete list of batsmen who have crossed the 7,000 runs mark in T20 cricket in least amount of innings:

Ranking Bastmen Innings
1. Babar Azam 187
2. Chris Gayle 192
3. Virat Kohli  212
4. Aaron Finch 222
5. David Warner 223
6. Quinton de Kock 225
7. Martin Guptill 235
8. Brad Hodge 243
9. AB de Villiers 245
10. Shikar Dhawan 246

This is the second record Babar Azam has broken in the space of a week. Earlier, Babar scored his 6th century in T20 format and became the first Pakistani to have his name included in the elite list of batters across the globe.

Babar Azam's form is perhaps an indication as to what the fans can expect from Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Babar is currently the leading run-scorer in the National T20 Cup, scoring 286 runs at an average of 71.50 and at a strike-rate of 143.00.