Top 5 batsmen fastest to reach 1000 runs in T20 Cricket.
For a batsman, to make as less as 1000 runs in the shortest format of cricket is one of the hardest tasks to accomplish. As a team when you have 120 deliveries to play, batsmen don’t get the time to get settle and make big runs.
Thus, it becomes harder to even reach the 1000-run mark. Though, it’s comparatively easy for a top-order batsman to a middle-order one as the former gets to face a lot more deliveries.
Only the ones who acquired consistency coupled with an aggressive approach have been able to pull off the milestone.
Here’s a look at five fastest batsmen to reach 1000 runs in T20 cricket:
1. Babar Azam
An emerging star, the skipper of Pakistan cricket team, Babar Azam is one for the future. The Pakistani cricketer is counted amongst the best in the current era of world cricket. Arguably, the best batsman in Pakistan current lot, Babar Azam has been a testimony of consistency.
Babar Azam is the fastest batsmen to have completed 1000 runs in T20 cricket. The Pakistan cricketer completed 1000 run in T20 cricket in just 26 innings. He achieved the landmark while playing against New Zealand in 2016.
2. Virat Kohli
The run-machine Kohli has fallen just one inning short of Babar and thus sits at the second in the list of fastest to 1000 runs in T20 cricket. In the last one decade, Virat Kohli has been one of the most consistent batsmen, be it any format. He completed 1000 runs in T20 cricket in just 27 innings, completed the feat in the year 2015 while playing against South Africa in Dharamshala.
3. Aaron Finch
A T-20 specialist, Aaron Finch is counted as one of the best in T20 cricket. An aggressive batsman by trait, Finch’s game suits perfectly to the shortest format. Finch holds an outstanding show in the T20 cricket. He also ranks third in the list of fastest to 1000 runs in T20 cricket, completing the feat in just 29 innings.
Aaron Finch has so far played 61 T20 internationals for Australia in which he has scored 1989 runs at an average of 38.2. He boasts of a strike rate of 155.9 and has two centuries and 12 half-centuries to his name in the format.
4. KL Rahul
A T20-specialist, KL Rahul knows how to pile on runs. The right-handed batsman relies mostly on his gift of timing and is a fine act went it comes to picking gaps and getting boundaries.
KL Rahul off late has been in a brilliant touch in both T20 and one-day format. The Indian batsman holds a brilliant record in T20 cricket in which he has scored 1461 runs in 42 games at an average of 45.6. His strike rate of 146.1 proves that he is a proper T20 specialist.
While playing his 29th innings, KL Rahul became the fourth-fastest batsman to get 1000 runs in T20 cricket. He went past the mark while playing against West Indies at Hyderabad in 2019.
5. Kevin Pietersen
English cricketer, Kevin Pietersen could have listed amongst the greats in world cricket, had it not been in the Text Gate scandal in the 2013-14 Ashes. Nevertheless, Pietersen still possesses impressive numbers in whatever matches he played during his career.
Peitersen was an outstanding player in the shortest format, as his strike rate of 141.5 in T20 cricket suggests. He was the second-highest run-scorer in the 2010 edition of the T20 World Cup and thus played a crucial role in helping England win the title that season.
Pietersen is, currently, the fifth-fastest batsman to have reached 1000-run mark in T20 cricket. He went past 1000-run mark in his 32nd innings while playing against India at Manchester.