Record-breaking spree of Babar Azam continues
Pakistan's captain Babar Azam celebrates after scoring a half-century during against Scotland. AFP
Pakistan captain and number one T20 batsman Babar Azam is staying true to his fame as a mercurial batsman as he continues breaking one record after another.
The match against Scotland also brings a lot of records for the prolific batsman who is sailing smoothly like silk on the topsy-turvy pitches of the UAE.
After the completion of the five matches of his side in the Super 12 stage of the World Cup T20, Babar has become the top run-scorer of the event with 264 runs under his belt so far and looking for more with potentially two matches yet to go in the event if Pakistan make it to the final. He surpassed England’s Jos Butler’s 240 runs mark in the match against Scotland with his classy 66 runs innings.
And he has become a true nemesis for Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has been regarded as on the best batsman in the world cricket has seen so far in it more than 100 years of history, when it comes to the cricket records showing he is a class above and step ahead from his Indian counterpart.
With his 19th half century of the year, Pakistani captain snatched the record of most half centuries being scored in a single calendar year being held by Kohli. Kohli made 18 half centuries in the 2016 season.
He has also become the T20 captain with most half centuries under his name as against Scotland his half-century was 15th as a captain.
Moreover, he also becomes a captain with most half-centuries in a single series with his fourth 50-plus score in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
He also smashed the record of scoring the most runs as a captain in a T20 World Cup. Previously, former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene held the record by scoring 201 runs.
Babar also snatched the record of the most runs in a T20 World Cup by a Pakistani player formerly held by Salman Butt who had scored 223 runs.
As Pakistan stay unbeaten in the event, Babar Azam’s record of staying unbeaten in the UAE stretches to 16 matches.