Babar Azam breaks another Virat Kohli’s ODI record

Babar Azam has had an exciting Asia Cup 2023 so far and continues to get more rewards for his performances in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Pakistan skipper began the tournament with an impressive haul of 151 runs to add another century to his list of notable records.

Azam also broke some new records along the way and has batted on two occasions in three games for Pakistan at the ongoing tourney in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He couldn’t rack up a big score against Bangladesh but managed to break a record held by Indian batter Virat Kohli.

What Virat Kohli Record Did Babar Azam Break?

Babar Azam now holds the record among ODI skippers to reach 2000 runs. Azam achieved the ODI feat in 31 innings, five quicker than Virat Kohli who achieved the milestone in 36 innings. The record broken by Azam is another feat once held by Kohli, and the Pakistani cricketer seems to be on the hunt for more recognition.

What Other Record Did Babar Azam Break?

Babar Azam’s innings against Nepal saw him become the fastest batter to complete his 19th century in ODIs, breaking another Virat Kohli record in the process.

Which Other Players Have Taken 2000 Runs in Few Innings?

Babar Azam and Virat Kohli lead the line among players with impressive records in runs scored per innings in ODIs. Azam achieved the 2000 runs haul in 31 innings, leading other great players on this exclusive list of skippers. Virat Kohli’s now second-best record of 2000 runs in 36 innings is no less impressive and could be challenging for future skippers to break or even meet.

Former Proteas skipper AB De Villiers got to the 2000 runs milestone in 41 innings while former Aussie captain Michael Clarke achieved this feat in five more (46 innings).

Babar Azam and Virat Kohli are on schedule to lock horns once more at the Asia Cup when the Super 4s begin. Fans expect more record-breaking performance from both sets of cricketers when the round kicks off on September 10, 2023.   

Babar Azam ODI Records

Most runs in a series

Babar Azam holds the most runs in a series in ODIs (1454). His impressive record surpasses the performances of many top cricketers like Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shane Warne, and so on. He also holds the record for most runs in a series by a team skipper.

4th highest career batting average

Babar Azam ranks fourth on the list of players with the highest career batting averages in ODIs (59.01). Other top cricketers like Virat Kohli feature on the exclusive list of some top cricketers to ever feature in ODIs.

Most hundreds in a series and second-most hundreds in consecutive innings

Azam currently holds more hundreds in a series (6) than any other ODI cricketer. He also ranks second among cricketers with the most hundreds scored in consecutive ODI innings.

3rd most fifties in consecutive innings

Babar ranks third in the list of cricketers with more fifties in consecutive innings than other ODI players (6). His impressive record ranks high among other top cricketers from Pakistan and other teams to play ODI cricket.

Other impressive records held by the Pakistan skipper in ODIs include:

  • 4th fastest cricketer to 1000 runs (21 innings)
  • 2nd fastest cricketer to 2000 runs (45 innings)
  • 4th fastest ODI cricketer to 3000 runs (68 innings)
  • 2nd fastest to 4000 runs (82 innings)
  • 1st fastest to 5000 runs (97 innings)

Babar Azam Stats

SpanMatInnsNORunsAvgBFSR100s50s0s4s6s
Total2015-2023259289351262749.71556081.153184161294132
SpanMatInnsNORunsAvgBFSR100s50s0s4s6s
Test2016-202349889377247.7683655.17926744023
ODI2015-202310610312537059601089.351928448356
T20I2016-20231049814348541.52714128.4330537153

(All stats are correct as of September 09, 2023)

Virat Kohli Stats   

SpanMatInnsNORunsAvgBFSR100s50s0s4s6s
Total2008-2023503560822558653.53239678.9776131332534279
SpanMatInnsNORunsAvgBFSR100s50s0s4s6s
Test2011-202311118711867649.31570855.2329291496624
ODI2008-2023277266401290257.11378393.64665151212138
T20I2010-202211510731400852.72905137.961374356117

(All stats are correct as of September 09, 2023)

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