Babar Azam Surpasses Virat Kohli As The Fastest Asian Batsman To 10,000 International Runs


Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, crossed the 10,000 run milestone in international cricket on Sunday, becoming the fastest batsman from Asia and the twelfth overall from his country.

At the Galle International Stadium during the first Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Babar scored an undefeated 34 from 72 balls to reach the milestone.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam Image: Twitter

He has broken the previous record held by talismanic Indian batsman Virat Kohli, who scored 10,000 runs in 232 innings, to become the fastest Asian player to do so in international cricket.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

Babar is the fastest Pakistani hitter to achieve the 10,000-run milestone in international cricket, needing just 228 innings as opposed to the previous mark of 248 innings held by great batter Javed Miandad.

Legendary West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards tops the chart in this regard after scoring 10,000 runs in just 206 innings during his brilliant career.

Babar Azam is the fifth fastest batter to reach the mark:

Babar is the sixth fastest batsman in international cricket history to reach the milestone in 228 innings, after Joe Root (in 228 innings), Hashim Amla (217 innings), and Brian Lara (220 innings), and Viv Richards (206 innings) (222 innings).

“10,000 international runs. Congratulations skipper @babarazam258 on becoming the 11th Pakistan batter to accomplish this major milestone” tweeted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Babar Azam is undoubtedly on the path to becoming one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, but for that to happen, he will need to continue being as reliable as he has been in the years to come.

Babar Azam
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Babar had 10013 runs in 228 innings at 51.08 at lunch on day two, including 24 centuries and 66 half-centuries. Pakistan will be counting on Babar to hold down the fort at Galle as they now trail by 118 runs and are at 104-7 in 46 overs.

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