Babar Azam, the 29-year-old Pakistani captain, is on the verge of setting a new record for the fastest 13,000 runs in all formats of international cricket, needing just 52 runs to reach this milestone. Boasting an impressive track record, Babar has amassed 12,948 runs from 269 matches, maintaining an average of 49.23, featuring 331 centuries and 88 fifties.
In the illustrious history of Pakistani cricket, only four batsmen—Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, and Javed Miandad—have surpassed the 13,000-run mark across all formats. Babar Azam, currently ranked 7th in the list of leading run-scorers for Pakistan in international cricket, continues to make substantial contributions to his team.
Despite his notable achievements, Babar recently conceded his No.1 ODI batter ranking to India’s emerging talent, Shubman Gill, in the latest ICC rankings. This shift follows Babar’s World Cup performance, where he accumulated 282 runs from eight innings. As his reign at the top of the ODI rankings concludes after more than two years, the dynamic landscape of international cricket witnesses the rise of new talents alongside the enduring legacy of seasoned players like Babar Azam.