Babar Azam sets world record in T20 cricket

He is playing for Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 8

March 16, 2023

Babar Azam became the fastest player to score 9,000 runs in T20 cricket during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight Eliminator against Islamabad United on Thursday in Lahore.

Before today's match, Azam needed 35 runs to achieve the milestone which he did with ease courtesy some splendid shots. 

Fastest to 9,000 runs in T20 cricket in terms of innings

245 - Babar Azam

249 - Chris Gayle

271 - Virat Kohli

273 - David Warner

Azam took only 27 innings to move from 8,000 to 9,000 runs in the shortest format of the game.

It must be noted that Islamabad won the toss and decided to bowl first against Peshawar at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Azam scored 64 runs in 39 balls with the help of 10 fours.

The winner of today’s match will qualify for the second Eliminator, which is set to take place tomorrow at the same venue.

In yesterday’s Qualifier, Multan Sultans defeated Lahore Qalandars to book their spot in the final of PSL 8. However, the defending champions will get another chance to qualify for the final in the second Eliminator.

Peshawar are led by Pakistan’s prolific batter Azam, meanwhile all-rounder Shadab Khan is in charge of the two-time champions Islamabad.

In terms of head-to-head, both teams won one match each during the league stage of PSL 8.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.