Babar Azam competed in the third match against England.© AFP
Babar Azam became the first Pakistani in six years to reach 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year and the fourth runner to achieve this milestone in 2022 in the Third Test with England in Karachi. He is the sixth Pakistani tennis player to hit the 1,000 mark in a year, surpassing the total as he hit 45 in an inning ending on the 54th. Despite Babar’s solid form, Pakistan is heading for the series. First 3-0 at home.
Babar will have one more game to add to his 1,009 tally of 8 Tests when Pakistan takes on New Zealand next week. England Original Joe – playing for the away team in Karachi – tops the table for most runs in 2022, scoring 1,098 points in 15 Tests.
Australian Usman Khawaja (1,079 in 10 tests) and British Jonny Bairstow (1,061 out of 10) are the other players who have hit the mark in this year’s Cricket Test. For Pakistan, Younis Khan achieved this feat twice, scoring 1,179 runs in 2006 and 1,064 in 2014.
Others who achieve 1,000 or more runs in a year are Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 in 2006), Inzamam-ul-Haq (1,090 in 2000), Azhar Ali (1,198 in 2016) and Mohsin Khan (1,029 in 1982). Yousuf’s total is the most for any hitter in a calendar year.
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