The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has not been the easiest of places for batters to score runs. However, some of the country’s top senior and upcoming batters have managed to overcome this difficulty by scoring aplenty in the tournament over the years. 

Pakistan’s national team skipper Babar Azam is the leading run-scorer in PSL history. He became the first batter to surpass 2,000 runs and has a healthy lead at the top of this table. Former Pakistani keeper Kamran Akmal, opener Fakhar Zaman and veteran all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are the others in the top run-scorers in PSL. 

Among overseas batters, South African T20 specialist Rilee Rossouw, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson and Kiwi keeper-batter Luke Ronchi have scored over 1,000 runs in the Pakistan Super League. 

Here’s the top 10 list of the leading run-scorers in the PSL. 

Most runs in Pakistan Super League 

Player

Matches

Runs

Babar Azam

79

2,935

Fakhar Zaman

75

2,329

 Shoaib Malik

81

2,082

Kamran Akmal

75

1,972

Mohammad Rizwan

70

1,962

Rilee Rossouw 

73

1,815

Mohammad Hafeez

78

1,731

Sarfaraz Ahmed

80

1,503

Shane Watson

46

1,361

Shan Masood

43

1,318

Babar Azam (Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi)

After representing Islamabad United in 2016, Babar Azam was with Karachi Kings from 2017 to 2022. He was the leading run-scorer (473 runs) and Player of the Tournament in the 2020 PSL edition when the Kings won their first title. They finished 2021 as the top run-scorer as well with 554 runs and the Lahore-born batter will be joining Peshawar Zalmi from 2023.

Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)

Fakhar Zaman’s terrific season with the bat ended Lahore Qalandars’ PSL title quest in 2022. He scored a whopping 588 runs in 13 matches at an average of 45.23 and a whopping strike rate of 152.72, which includes seven half-centuries and one century. Beginning from the 2017 edition, where he scored 177 runs, he has been the Qalandars’ top run-scorer in most of their seasons since.

 

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