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Babar Azam close to breaking Chris Gayle’s T20 record

Babar Azam close to breaking Chris Gayle’s T20 record

Babar Azam, the T20I skipper of Pakistan, is probably the best batter of their unit. When it comes to the shortest format of the game, the right-hander had a breakthrough year as he pummeled many bowling attacks to register a plethora of impressive performances.

To be precise, the Lahore born has 1492 T20 runs so far in the ongoing year. While he failed in the home series against Sri Lanka where he scored only 43 runs, Babar mustered 219 runs in 4 innings of the National T20 Cup 2019 and demonstrated that his bat is still spitting fire.

Thanks to a number of good shows, the Pakistani run machine is not too far from breaking the record for the most number of runs in a calendar year in the T20 cricket. For this to happen, he needs to register 174 runs in the forthcoming T20I series against Australia.

The West Indian explosive batsman Chris Gayle currently sits on the top of this list with 1665 runs closely followed by Indian skipper Virat Kohli with 1614 runs. It remains to be seen how the 25-year old carries himself on his first tour down under as the skipper of the 20-over team of Pakistan.