Pakistan captain Babar Azam is in dream form with the bat. A few days ago, Babar replaced India captain Virat Kohli at the top of the ODI rankings. Besides, he is breaking Kohli’s record one after another. This time, the Pakistani captain is the fastest 2,000-run batsman in the International Twenty20, surpassing Kohli. Babar completed 2,000 runs for the country in his 52-run innings in the third and final T20 against Zimbabwe on Sunday. Babur took only 52 innings to make this run. Earlier, Kohli had scored 2,000 runs in 56 innings in T20I for India. Aaron Finch of Australia is at number three in this list. Finch took 72 innings to reach 2000 runs.
Babar has played 54 T20 matches for Pakistan so far. He scored 2035 runs in 52 innings at an average of 47.33. On the other hand, Kohli has played 69 T20s for India. He scored 3159 runs in 64 innings at an average of 52.75. However, despite Babur’s century in the International Twenty20, Kohli has never seen a century.
Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Punjab Kings in the 21st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) today. The match will start at 8 pm Bangladesh time at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In this match, Shah Rukh Khan will be seen in the role of opponent in Kolkata Knight Riders. However, this Shah Rukh Khan does not own the Kolkata team, he is the batsman Shah Rukh in the Punjab Kings’ marquee. Panchab Kings bought him for Rs 5 crore 25 lakh in the IPL auction. After buying him, Preity Zinta told Shah Rukh’s son Aryan Khan, “We have bought Shah Rukh.”
Shah Rukh has already proved his mettle in the IPL. So far he has scored 90 runs in 4 innings at an average of 45. His highest in an innings is 46 and his strike rate is 145.18. Kolkata, which is at the bottom of the points table with 2 points in 5 matches, needs to win today’s match.
Punjab’s potential XI: Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Puran, Deepak Hoda, Ms Henriques, Shah Rukh Khan, Jay Richardson / Riley Meredith, Mohammad Shami, Arshadwip Singh and Ravi Vishnoi.
Kolkata’s potential XI: Nitish Rana, Shubhaman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakraborty and Shivam Mavi.
India is the second most affected country in the world after the United States. The country holds the world record for coronavirus infection almost every day. In the last 24 hours, three lakh 54 thousand 531 people have been identified as infected with coronavirus. Even in this situation, IPL is going on in India. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Mumbai innings ended with a 6-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Shakib’s Ahmedabad episode is starting from today.
The Kolkata team is following strict hygiene rules to travel in Corona-ridden India. Morgan forces have already reached Ahmedabad from Mumbai using mask-PPE.
Kolkata will play four matches at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Today their opponent is Punjab Kings. Then on April 29, Shakib will play against Delhi Capitals. On May 3, they will face Virat Kohli’s Bangalore. Kolkata will face Delhi again in the last match.
Kolkata won one of the first three matches. Shakib played in those matches. In the next two matches, McCullum’s side could not win even though they played Shakib and played Sunil Narine. They are at the bottom of the points list with 2 points in 5 matches.