In the 2023 ICC World Cup clash between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Babar Azam, Pakistan’s cricket team captain, etched his name in the tournament’s history books by reaching a significant milestone – 1,000 runs in ICC World Cups for Pakistan, spanning both the T20I and ODI formats. This remarkable achievement unfolded in the field of M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, India. Babar Azam, participating in his fifth ICC occasion, joined an exclusive club, becoming the second Pakistani cricketer to achieve this accomplishment, following in the footsteps of the legendary Javed Miandad.
Javed Miandad, a pivotal figure in Pakistan’s historic 1992 World Cup victory, accomplished this achievement in 28 innings, while Babar Azam managed it in only 26 innings. Notably, in the 2019 World Cup, Azam amassed 474 runs in eight innings, setting a record for any Pakistani batsman in the history of the tournament.
During this particular match, Pakistan was focused on setting a competitive total against Afghanistan. At the time of this report, Pakistan had reached 167-4 in 35 overs, with Babar Azam remaining unbeaten at 49*, and Shadab Khan partnering him at the crease. This match carried significant weight as both teams were eager to improve their standings in the tournament, with Pakistan boasting two wins and two defeats from their four matches, while Afghanistan had secured just one victory in their four encounters.
This encounter held historical significance as the two sides had previously squared off seven times in ODIs, with Pakistan emerging victorious in every encounter, including a memorable showdown during the 2019 World Cup when Imad Wasim steered Pakistan to a memorable win.