Shoaib Malik 100 T20 Internationals T20Is
Shoaib Malik © Getty Images (file photo)

Shoaib Malik became the first cricketer to play 100 T20 Internationals. Malik achieved this during the second match of the Zimbabwe Tri-Series, against Australia at Harare Sports Club on Monday. However, this is Malik’s 99th match for Pakistan; he played the other match for ICC World XI, against West Indies at Lord’s in May. Shahid Afridi (99) is the second name on the list, while MS Dhoni (90) is third.

Malik had made his T20I debut almost 12 years ago, in August 2006, in Pakistan’s first ever T20I. He has led Pakistan 23 times, which includes taking them to the final of the inaugural World T20, in 2007. He has announced, however, that he would retire from T20Is after the upcoming World T20.

On Sunday, Malik had become the third cricketer (after Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill) to score 2,000 T20I runs. He also has 27 wickets, which makes him the first cricketer to do the 2,000 run-25 wicket double in the format.

Malik has also played 35 Tests with ordinary numbers (1,898 runs at 35.14, 32 wickets at 47.46). However, his ODI record (6,975 runs at 35.22, 154 wickets at 38.65, economy 4.65) across 261 matches makes excellent reading.

A much sought-after cricketer in T20 franchises across the world, Malik has played in India (for Delhi Daredevils), Sri Lanka (Uva Next), West Indies (Barbados Tridents), Australia (Hobart Hurricanes), England (Warwickshire), Bangladesh (Comilla Victorians and Chittagong Vikings), as well as several teams in Pakistan.