Babar completed 9000 runs in T20 cricket on Thursday
Records have evolved into Babar Azam's best buddy at this point. The Pakistani skipper frequently sets some record whenever he scores substantially in any format, much like India's Virat Kohli does. This held true for the PSL Elimination 1 match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United. Peshawar defeated Islamabad by 12 runs on Thursday in Lahore, with Babar Azam providing the driving force with a scorching 39-ball 64 while opening the innings.
Babar achieved the fastest 9000-run milestone in T20 cricket. He surpassed Chris Gayle's previous record. Gayle needed 249 innings, whereas Babar needed 245. Virat Kohli, who scored 9000 T20 runs in 271 innings, is third on the list, followed by David Warner of Australia (in 273 innings) and Aaron Finch (in 281 innings).
English cricket commentator and former England cricketer Nick Knight perfectly described the impossible task of bowling to Babar Azam in his current form.
"You can't bowl top of off-stump. You can't bowl short. You can't bowl full. You just can't bowl to him at the moment," said Knight during commentary.
In his coherent innings, Babar hit 10 boundaries with a strike rate of 164. This PSL half-century marked Babar's fifth for the season.
Babar has excelled in the game's shortest format in the past few years. The most by any cricketer in the world since 2019, he has nine T20 hundreds to his name.
His performance on Thursday in the elimination game provided the foundation for Peshawar to score 183 for 8 when they batted first.