PAK vs ENG, 6th T20I: Babar Azam nears to surpass Virat Kohli’s batting record

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Just In: Pakistan’s most successful captain, Baber Azam, is on the verge of breaking Virat Kohli’s T20I batting record on Friday when the Men in Green take on England in the sixth T20 of the current seven-match series.

At a crucial moment in the most recent game, when England was poised to win and take the series lead, Baber-led Pakistan outperformed them. Despite a mind-boggling performance of Pakistani pacers in depth overs, Muhammad Rizwan’s 63 runs on 36 balls innings remained crucial in the 6-run victory of the Green Caps.

After establishing a dominating 3-2 lead, Men in Green are getting ready to play Three Lions on Friday in Lahore. As the captain, Baber Azam will be adding his name to the T20I cricket lore, if he manages to get 52 runs in that game, it will undoubtedly be a historic game.

Baber Azam managed to stay in the show despite his recent troubles with his bat since the 2022 Asia Cup ended. The batter needs to score 52 more runs to complete 3,000 runs in the shortest format of the game and join the list of Elite batters already accomplished with big names like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

It is important to note that only four international players—Virat Kohli, Martin Guptil, Rohit Sharma, and Paul Stirling—have amassed 3,000 runs in T20Is till far. In fact, India’s star hitter Kohli was the first to reach this milestone while playing 81 innings.

In 80 innings with a 48.50 batting average, Baber Azam, a 27-year-old batter, has scored 2,948 runs. Now, the distance between him and the maestro Kohli is just 52 runs. Baber, who has scored 194 runs in 5 games in the current series versus England, is notable for being the second-highest scorer in the competition.