Pakistan captain Babar Azam crossed a major milestone in his international career in the ongoing Test match against Sri Lanka, as he scored his 10,000th run in international cricket, furthering his claim as one of the best all-format batters in world cricket. Now the captain of Pakistan in all formats of the game, Babar has been a consistent run-scoring machine in both red and white ball cricket and broke Pakistans record for the fastest player to reach that landmark in their cricketing history.
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, crossed the 10,000 run milestone in international cricket on Sunday, becoming the fastest batsman from Asia and the twelfth overall from his country.
At the Galle International Stadium during the first Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Babar scored an undefeated 34 from 72 balls to reach the milestone.
Amongst all Pakistan batters to reach the 10,000 runs mark in international cricket, Babar is the fastest to reach the landmark in 228 innings, surpassing the previous record of 248 innings held by legendary batter Javed Miandad.
As per innings taken to reach 10,000 runs in international cricket, Babar is the fifth fastest batter to reach the mark in 228 innings after Viv Richards (206 innings), Hashim Amla (217 innings), Brian Lara (220 innings), and Joe Root (222 innings).
"10,000 international runs. Congratulations skipper @babarazam258 on becoming the 11th Pakistan batter to accomplish this major milestone," the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tweeted.
Babar had 10013 runs in 228 innings at 51.08 at lunch on day two, including 24 centuries and 66 half-centuries. Pakistan will be counting on Babar to hold down the fort at Galle as they now trail by 118 runs and are at 104-7 in 46 overs.