Babar Azam took 82 innings to reach the 4000 marker handled in the ODI
Pakistan captain Babar Azam showed a glimpse of his class on Tuesday as he scored 57 points against Australia in the first ODI in Lahore. But the efforts, and those of Imam-ul-Haq’s officers, were in vain as the army declined to great losses. Babar has been Pakistan’s top player in all formats for a while now and has been at his best in limited overs cricket.
On Tuesday, he became the 15th Pakistani batsman to surpass the 4000-run mark in the ODI. Babar completed 4000 runs in the 82nd half, making him the fastest Pakistani to set a national mile record.
Not only that, Babar was actually the second fastest batsman to reach 4000 runs in 50-over cricket, missing South African Hashim Amla’s score by just one inning as Amla had achieved success in 81 innings.
This is a huge achievement that puts Babar among the list of elite cricketers who have ever played ODI cricket.
Babar has now pushed West Indies legend Viv Richards to third place, taking 88 innings to reach 4000 ODI runs. Joe Root of England was in third place after taking 91 innings while Indian running machine and former captain Virat Kohli took 93 innings to achieve the victory.
Comparisons between Babar and Kohli have been rampant since the Pakistani star started showing his presence in international cricket and this landmark is another feather in his bulging hat.
Pakistan will strive to return to the same level when they face Australia in the second match of the series.
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