Shoaib Malik Pakistan Zimbabwe 7000 runs 150 wickets
Shoaib Malik in action on the ongoing tour of Zimbabwe © AFP

Shoaib Malik became the seventh cricketer and second Pakistani (after Shahid Afridi) to the 7,000 run-150 wicket double, at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo  in the fifth match of the ODI series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Malik, one of a handful of cricketers who made their international debuts in the 20th century, achieved this feat in his 266th match. The elite group of all-rounders includes some giants of 50-over cricket.

7,000 run-150 wicket double in ODIs
Player Team M R 100s W 5WIs
Steve Waugh Australia 325 7,569 3 195
Sachin Tendulkar India 463 18,426 49 154 2
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 445 13,430 28 323 4
Jacques Kallis South Africa 328 11,579 17 273 2
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 398 8,064 6 395 9
Chris Gayle West Indies 281 9,585 23 165 1
Shoaib Malik Pakistan  266  7,000  9 156  0

Malik made his ODI debut in the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy in Sharjah, in 1999, as an off-spinner who batted at No. 10. He slowly made his way up the order, and emerged as a crucial cog of Pakistan’s ODI XI, scoring quick runs in the end overs and sending down a few overs of off-breaks.

In other formats of the sport, Malik retired with a 1,898 Test runs at 35.14; among his 3 hundreds was a monumental 245 against England in his last series. He also became the third (after Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum) to reach 2,000 T20I runs last month.