Pakistan skipper Babar Azam equaled his batting coach, Matthew Hayden, and Indian skipper, Virat Kohli‘s record of four fifties in a single T20 World Cup. He achieved the feat during the Super 12 stage against Scotland on Sunday.
It was Babar’s 25th fifty in T20 Internationals and he took 40 balls to get to the milestone. Hayden did it for Australia in the first-ever T20 World Cup back in 2007 while Kohli scored four in the 2014 T20 World Cup where India reached the final.
Similar to both of them, Babar has also become the top-scorer of the tournament, overtaking England opener, Jos Buttler’s tally, and currently has 264 runs under his belt. They can add to their tally as they still have a game at the least in the semifinals.
Babar Azam leads the list of captains with most fifties in T20Is
Apart from equaling the record, Babar Azam continued to extend his reign at the top of the list of captains who have scored fifties in T20Is. He recently beat Kohli’s tally of 13 when he scored 70 against Namibia and has gone on to extend it to 15 with the 66-run knock against Scotland.
Babar also broke Kohli’s record for most fifties in a T20 calendar year, having just scored his 19th one. Kohli on the other hand had scored 18 during his career-defining 2016 calendar year where he dominated all three formats to no end.
The Pakistan skipper’s knock also helped his team set up a huge total against Scotland and they are on the verge of winning all five of their Super 12 matches in the ongoing World Cup.