Babar Azam closing in on Virat Kohli's record

Babar Azam will lead Pakistan in the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand

Babar Azam closing in on Virat Kohli's record PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan's captain, Babar Azam, is on the brink of yet another significant milestone as his team gears up for the forthcoming five-game T20I showdown against New Zealand, set to kick off on April 18th. 

Currently standing at 3,698 runs in T20I cricket, Babar is trailing closely behind Virat Kohli (4,037) and Rohit Sharma (3,974) in the list of top scorers in T20I cricket. 

With just 340 runs needed to surpass the Indian batting maestro, Babar has a prime opportunity to outshine Kohli during the upcoming series against New Zealand.

Most runs in T20I cricket:

  • Virat Kohli: 4037 (109 innings)
  • Rohit Sharma: 3974 (143)
  • Babar Azam: 3698 (103)
  • Martin Guptill: 3531 (118)
  • Paul Stirling: 3491 (136)

It must be noted that the Black Caps have already arrived in Islamabad for the aforementioned series.

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series:

  • 18 April: 1st T20I, Rawalpindi (7pm Pakistan Standard Time)
  • 20 April: 2nd T20I, Rawalpindi (7pm PST)
  • 21 April: 3rd T20I, Rawalpindi (7pm PST)
  • 25 April: 4th T20I, Lahore (7pm PST)
  • 27 April: 5th T20I, Lahore (7pm PST)

Pakistan squad:

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saim Ayub, Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Azam Khan (wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Amir, Abbas Afridi, Abrar Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Irfan Khan Niazi, Usama Mir, Zaman Khan

Reserves: Haseebullah, Mohammad Ali, Agha Salman, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Wasim Jr

New Zealand squad:

Michael Bracewell (c), Tom Blundell, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Ben Lister, Cole McConchie, Zak Foulkes, Jimmy Neesham, Will O’Rourke, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert (WK), Ish Sodhi