Rizwan becomes fourth Pakistani batter to complete 2,000 runs in T20I cricket

By Mushtaq A. Subhani

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, currently the top-ranked batsman in T20 International cricket, completed 2,000 runs in the shortest format of the game, when he reached 57 during his innings of 68 against England in the first of the seven-match T20I series, played at the National Stadium, Karachi on September 20.

He became the fourth Pakistani batsman and the 19th in the world to reach this milestone. He did it in his 52nd T20I innings to equal his captain Babar Azam while India’s former captain Virat Kohli achieved this milestone in 56 innings.

Out of the 19 members of the 2000-club, four belong to Pakistan — the most for any country —, three each to Australia, New Zealand and India, two each to England and Bangladesh, and one each to Ireland and Afghanistan.

Rohit Sharma of India is the leading run-getter with 3,631 runs in 137 T20Is while his team-mate Kohli comes second with 3,586 in 105 matches.

The four Pakistanis with 2,000 or more runs are Babar (2,785), Mohammad Hafeez (2,514), Shoaib Malik (2,435) and Rizwan (2,011).

Rizwan has so far scored one hundred and 17 fifties in 52 innings and 62 T20Is. His highest score was 104 not out, which he made against South Africa at Lahore on February 11, 2021.

Born on June 1, 1992 in Peshawar, Rizwan made his T20I debut against Bangladesh in Mirpur on April 24, 2015.

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