Babar Azam storms past Virat Kohli to become the fastest to 1000 runs as ODI skipper

Written by Abhishek Patil

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has surpassed Virat Kohli to become the fastest batter to 1000 runs as an ODI skipper. The Young Turk accomplished the feat during the Men in Green’s rescheduled first ODI against Nicholas Pooran’s West Indies on Wednesday, June 8 at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

Kohli accomplished the feat in his 17th innings during India’s bilateral ODI series against England back in January 2017. Prior to Wednesday’s match, Babar needed 98 runs to topple Kohli and he had four innings to do so. However, the right-hander got past Kohli in the very first ODI.

In 13 innings as Pakistan’s ODI skipper, the 27-year-old has notched 1005 runs at an average of 91.36 and a strike rate of 103.71 with six centuries and three half-centuries to show for his efforts.

In the opening ODI against the Caribbean unit, Babar scored 103 runs off 107 balls with the help of nine fours, guiding the hosts to a five-wicket victory.

Babar is currently the No.1 ranked batter in both ODIs and T20Is. In 87 ODIs, he has scored 4364 runs at an average of 59.78 and a strike rate of 90.42 with 17 centuries and 18 half-centuries to his name.

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