Pakistan´s captain Babar Azam (R) celebrates with teammate Mohammad Hafeez after hitting a boundary during the first Twenty20 cricket match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on November 7, 2020. — AFP
KARACHI: Pakistan’s white-ball captain Babar Azam on Saturday achieved another feat after he became the first-ever Pakistani to score back-to-back 1,000 runs in a calendar year.
The 26-year-old scored a match-winning 82 against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi to complete 1,000 T20I runs in the calendar year 2020.
Azam had also scored 1,607 runs last year to end the year 2019 as the top T20I runs scorer, which makes him the first Pakistani to achieve back-to-back feats of a thousand T20I runs in two consecutive years.
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik had, although, scored 1,000 T20I runs on three occasions, but couldn’t achieve the feat consecutively.
Malik reached four-figure in T20Is in the year 2014 (1,030), 2016 (1,082), and 2019 (1,010).
Pakistan’s Ahmed Shahzad (1,138 in 2012), Umar Akmal (1,386 in 2016), and Imran Nazir (1,036 in 2012) have achieved this feat once.
Babar is currently the leading T20I runs scorer in the year 2020 with 1,063 runs in 26 innings. He is followed by India’s KL Rahul who has scored 993 runs in 21 innings.