In the Super 4 match of the 2023 Asia Cup held in Lahore, Babar Azam experienced an uncommon setback, managing to score only 17 runs. However, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team achieved a significant milestone by breaking a record that was previously held by India’s Virat Kohli.

Pakistan began the Super 4 round with a commanding 7-wicket victory over Bangladesh at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. They successfully chased down a target of 194 runs in 39.3 overs with 7 wickets in hand, thanks to impressive performances by Imam-ul-Haq, who scored 78 runs, and Mohammad Rizwan, who remained unbeaten with 63 runs.

Babar Azam’s innings consisted of 17 runs off 22 balls, including one boundary, before he was dismissed by seamer Taskin Ahmed.

Babar Azam’s Noteworthy Achievement Despite this rare setback in a One Day International (ODI) match, Babar Azam, who holds the top spot in the ICC Men’s ODI batting rankings, managed to break a long-standing record previously set by Virat Kohli.

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Babar Azam now holds the distinction of being the fastest captain (in terms of innings) to reach 2,000 ODI runs. He achieved this milestone in his 31st innings as Pakistan’s ODI skipper, surpassing Virat Kohli’s previous record of 36 innings as India’s captain.

Following Babar on this list are former South African captain AB de Villiers, who accomplished the feat in 41 innings, and Australia’s Michael Clarke, who took 47 innings to reach 2,000 ODI runs as captain.

It’s worth noting that Babar had earlier scored 151 runs against Nepal in the Asia Cup opener in Multan, marking his 19th ODI century. He now trails behind Pakistan’s top ODI centurion, Saeed Anwar, who achieved 21 centuries in 244 ODI matches. Babar also broke Hashim Amla’s record for the fastest 19 ODI centuries; Amla took 104 innings, while Babar Azam accomplished it in just 102 innings. In comparison, Virat Kohli took 124 innings to achieve the same milestone.

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Pakistan’s victory over Bangladesh was largely attributed to the outstanding performance of fast bowler Haris Rauf, who took four crucial wickets, dismissing opener Mohammad Naim, middle-order batsman Towhid Hridoy, veteran Mushfiqur Rahim, and tailender Taskin Ahmed.

Looking ahead, Pakistan’s next challenge is against India in the Super 4 round, scheduled for September 10 in Colombo. A victory in that match will secure their place in the final of the 2023 Asia Cup.