Pakistan’s recent series win by 3-0 against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates was their 11th successive series victory in T20Is which is by far the longest winning streak in the history of T20Is.
Since ICC World T20 2016 and the change of captaincy, Sarfraz Ahmed taking over reins from Shahid Afridi, Pakistan have won 11 out of 11 series including a one-off T20I against England (Manchester 2016). The next best team in this regard is India who is on a streak of 6 consecutive series wins and might make it seven in a row if they defeat Windies in the ongoing home series.
With back to back whitewashes against New Zealand and Australia in UAE and three wins in a row in the tri-series in Zimbabwe, Pakistan have gone nine T20Is without a loss. It is their longest winning streak in T20Is and second longest by any team, only behind Afghanistan who won 11 games in a row from 2016 to 2017. However, ten of those wins were against Associate teams.
Pakistan’s nine victories are against Australia (5), New Zealand (3) and Zimbabwe (1). To break Afghanistan’s record, Pakistan will have to win the next series 3-0 which is in South Africa in February next year.
Gone are the days when Pakistan were considered to be poor chasers. Their T20 team has won 11 games in a row while chasing targets, including 184 against Australia in the final of the tri-series in Harare this year - the highest successful chase in a tournament final in T20Is.
Gone are the days when Pakistan were considered poor chasers ©Getty Images
Pakistan have not lost a single game while batting second under Sarfraz’ captaincy. Australia and England are the second best in this streak. Both won 8 games while chasing in 2016-18 and 2010-11 respectively.
Since the last World T20, Pakistan have won 29 out of 33 T20Is with a win percentage of 87.88 – the highest for any team during this period.
Pakistan have lost only four matches – one each against Australia, New Zealand, World XI and Windies. Pakistan’s major wins in the last couple of years have come against England in England, New Zealand in New Zealand (when the Kiwis were number one in T20 Rankings), the world champions Windies in West Indies, Australia in Zimbabwe and UAE and New Zealand in UAE.
In the last two years, Pakistan have bowled 536.4 overs at an economy rate of 7.00 which is lowest by any full member team. Afghanistan is the next best with an economy rate of 7.17.
Remarkably, Pakistan bowlers have also bowled 10 maiden overs in that period which is twice more than Australia and Bangladesh who have bowled 5 scoreless overs each.
Making a world record is one thing but doing it by surpassing Virat Kohli is an extraordinary achievement. Babar Azam during the course of his 79 against New Zealand in the 3rd T20I in Dubai became the quickest to 1000 runs milestone in T20I history. He needed only 26 innings to reach the milestone breaking Kohli’s record by one inning.
Babar, who debuted in Manchester in September 2016, is also the quickest to score 1000 runs in terms of time – taking less than 2 years and 2 months. The previous quickest in terms of days was England’s, Alex Hales. Having done it at the age of only 24 years and 20 days, Babar is the second youngest to score 1000 runs, only behind his cousin Umar Akmal who was 23 when he accumulated 1000 runs.
Babar Azam (1031 runs at 54.26) is the only batsman in T20Is with an average above 50.00.
With 28 wickets in 19 T20Is this year, Shadab Khan is the only spinner in history to take more than 25 wickets in a calendar year.
He also equaled Jasprit Bumrah’s record of 28 wickets in 2016, the most by any bowler in a year. Shadab has bowled 73.4 overs this year at an economy of just 6.62. He is number two in the ICC men's T20I team rankings for bowlers.
Pakistan have bowled out opponents on 31 occasions in T20Is. It is twelve more than the next best Australia and New Zealand who've done it 19 times each. Surprisingly, eight out of 31 instances have come in 2018 and three in the last six games against Australia and New Zealand.
Give Pakistan bowlers 150 runs to play with, 93 out of 100 times they'll win you the game. In the entire history of T20Is, Pakistan have lost only three out of 45 matches while defending 150 plus targets. And won 41 matches whereas one game, against Australia in Dubai in 2012, was tied which they later won in the super over.
The three defeats have come against Australia (Saint Lucia 2010), New Zealand (Hamilton 2016) and World XI (Lahore 2017).