National T20 Cup: Babar Azam Sets Up New Record In T20s
National T20 Cup: Babar Azam Sets Up New Record In T20s.Picture Courtesy © Pakpassion.net

Babar Azam is never short of something special every time he comes out to bat in T20s. He did something similar in his first match in National T20 Cup 2019. Representing Central Punjab, Babar smashed a blistering hundred. With his knock, the veteran batsman has set a new record in T20 cricket.

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Central Punjab, batting first in the 2nd match of National T20 Cup 2019, posted 188/3 in 20 overs. Babar Azam remained unbeaten on 102 off just 59 balls. He smashed eight 4s and five 6s in his landmark inning though his heroics could not stop Sindh to chase down the target with one ball to spare.

Babar Azam Sets Up New Record In T20s

His knock in National T20 Cup against Sindh was Babar Azam’s third hundred in T20s this year. No Pakistani batsman has scored more hundreds than Babar Azam in a calendar year in this format of the game. He falls behind Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli in the list of most T20 hundreds in a calendar year. Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle smashed four centuries in 2016 and 2011 respectively. With some more T20 cricket to come in 2019, Babar Azam possesses the primary threat to this record currently held by Indian skipper Virat Kohli and West Indies opener Chris Gayle.

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In T20 cricket, at present, Babar Azam is unarguably one of the best batsmen around. He proved his worth in Vitality Blast T20 this year. The dynamic right-handed batsman scored 578 runs in the competition at an average of 50+ and strike rate of over 150. Babar finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer of the completion. He is ranked at No.1 in the current ICC T20I batting rankings despite a silent home series against Sri Lanka.

Babar Azam has started the National T20 Cup with an extraordinary hundred. He will be the key batsman for Central Punjab if they want to go further in this tournament. Moreover, Babar, who was looking out of touch in the series against Sri Lanka, has got some time to get his form back before the vital series against Australia and ICC T20 World Cup 2020.

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