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Babar Azam Surpasses Virat Kohli’s T20I Milestone with Record-breaking Half-century

A momentous occasion in the world of Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket unfolded on a brisk Tuesday afternoon (May 14) when Pakistan’s cricket captain, Babar Azam, etched his name in the record books, surpassing a milestone previously set by India’s esteemed former skipper, Virat Kohli. The masterclass innings by Babar Azam in the shortest format of the game saw him achieving his 39th score over fifty, the highest number of fifty-plus scores ever in T20Is.

Babar’s remarkable achievement became the highlight of the final and deciding game of the T20I series between Pakistan and Ireland at Dublin’s Castle Avenue. The encounter was vital for both teams, but it was Babar who stole the show. In a thrilling performance marked by precision and resilience, Babar outshone his Indian counterpart, who had been leading the chart with 38 fifty-plus scores.

The chase that day was far from modest, with Pakistan requiring 179 runs for victory. Demonstrating his renowned batting prowess, Babar Azam rose to the challenge and played a captain’s knock. His innings of 75 runs from just 42 balls, at an extraordinary strike rate of 178.57, was a masterclass that not only entertained the spectators but also strategically dismantled the opposition’s bowling attack. The elegant right-handed batsman found the boundary six times and cleared it on five occasions, maintaining a balance between aggression and caution throughout his stint at the crease.

The Pakistani skipper’s efforts were aptly complemented by a quickfire cameo from Azam Khan, who chipped in with a rapid 18 runs off six balls. Together, their partnership propelled Pakistan towards their target, which they achieved with a comfortable three overs to spare.

While Babar Azam was the protagonist with the bat, it was Shaheen Shah Afridi who was recognized for his bowling prowess, receiving the Player of the Match award for his exceptional spell that curtailed the Irish batting lineup. Afridi’s figures of 3 wickets for 14 runs were pivotal in restricting Ireland to a total that was within Pakistan’s reach.

After the game, the spotlight lingered on Babar, not only for his historic feat but also for his leadership and vision for the team. Expressing his thoughts to the broadcasters, Babar acknowledged the significance of the performance as a precursor to the upcoming challenges, particularly the much-anticipated series against England. “Big tournament coming up and this is good practice and now looking forward to the England series,” said Babar.

The Pakistani captain continued to reflect on the game and the series, highlighting the team’s strengths and areas for improvement. “Lots of positives for us and we were able to execute our plans. Yes, we made a few mistakes which we will sit and discuss,” Babar reiterated, emphasizing the importance of critical analysis and consistent improvement.

The record set by Babar Azam is not just a personal triumph but a testament to his growing legacy in the world of cricket. As the team prepares for their forthcoming engagements, the captain’s focus remains on preparation and delivering a robust performance, aware that the true test of their mettle will be in the games that loom on the horizon. With the England series ahead and a World Cup in the offing, the combination of individual brilliance and collective effort positions Pakistan as a formidable force in the international cricketing landscape.