During the third Test match between Pakistan and England in Karachi, Babar Azam reached the milestone of scoring 1,000 runs in a Test match within a single calendar year, becoming the first Pakistani to do it in the past six years and the fourth batter in 2022.
When he reached 45 runs during an innings that concluded on 54, he became the sixth Pakistani batsman to surpass 1,000 in a calendar year. He did so when he crossed the number.
Despite Babar’s strong form, Pakistan is in danger of suffering a 3-0 series whitewash for the very first time on their own land.
When Pakistan play New Zealand the following week, Babar will have one more opportunity to add to his total of 1,009 runs scored throughout 8 Tests.
Joe Root of England, who is now representing the visitors in Karachi, leads the table for most runs scored in 2022 with a total of 1,098 after playing in 15 tests.
The other two batsmen in Test cricket this year to reach this milestone are Jonny Bairstow of England and Usman Khawaja of Australia. Khawaja scored 1,079 runs in 10 matches, and Bairstow scored 1,061 runs in 10.
Younis Khan has accomplished this milestone twice for Pakistan, first in 2006 with 1,179 runs, and then again in 2014 with 1,064 runs.
Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 in 2006), Inzamam-ul-Haq (1,090 in 2000), Azhar Ali (1,198 in 2016), and Mohsin Khan are some of the other players to have scored 1,000 or more runs in a single calendar year (1,029 in 1982). Yousuf’s tally is the highest of any batter over the course of a single year’s calendar.