Saturday, 4 December 2021

Shoaib Malik becomes first cricketer to play 100 T20I

LAHORE: The star allrounder of Pakistan cricket, Shoaib Malik reached another landmark by becoming the first player to appear in 100 T20 Internationals.

Malik got the honour in the second game of the tri-series against Australia in Harare.

His former team-mate Shahid Afridi had played 99 T20Is. England’s Colin Cowdrey was the first to play 100 Tests, in 1968, while Australia’s Allan Border was the first to 100 ODIs, in 1985.

Pakistani cricket stalwart Shoaib Malik also held the honour of becoming the third batsman to reach 2000 runs in T20 Internationals on Sunday. Malik reached the milestone during his 92nd T20 innings against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Martin Guptill of New Zealand is at the top with 2271 runs on board and his team’s former captain Brendon McCullum is at number 2 with 2140.

On the occasion, Shoaib’s wife and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza posted a special message for her husband in order to congratulate him on this achievement.

Malik’s impressive run record boasts a staggering 2,026 runs made in 99 T20I at an average of 31.65 and a strike rate of over 122.

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