Mohammad Hafeez is one of the most experienced cricketers in Pakistan’s ranks and crossed a notable landmark in the ongoing 2nd T20 against England in Manchester. Mohammad Hafeez became the second batsman to reach 2000 runs in the shortest format of the game. The veteran got to it by smashing a ball to deep square leg for a six off Saqib Mahmood.
Walking into the second T20I, Mohammad Hafeez was only eight runs adrift of it and reached there in his 93rd T20I appearance. The most-capped T20I player and former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik is the first on the list with over 2300 runs. Hafeez also became only the ninth batsman to do so as well. Indian captain Virat Kohli leads the list with 2794 runs followed by vice-captain Rohit Sharma with 2773.
Malik comes fourth in the charts as the list also includes the likes of Martin Guptill, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Paul Stirling, and Brendon McCullum. The 39-year old breached the bio-security protocol once after arriving in England; however, tested negative for COVID-19 and received clearance to rejoin the squad. Earlier, Hafeez revealed that he would retire after playing the T20 World Cup; however, with the tournament postponed, he might have to reconsider his decision.
Mohammad Hafeez and Shoiab Malik tee off for Pakistan:
As for the current match scenario, Mohammad Hafeez is playing a knock of substance for the tourists. Openers Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman got Pakistan off to a rollicking start, adding 72 for the opening wicket. Hafeez and Azam added 40 before the skipper departed for a well-made 56.
At the time of writing this, the stand between Hafeez and Malik grew to an unbroken partnership of 37 from 22 deliveries. Mohammad Hafeez took Tom Curran for 22 runs in over to march to 46 off 34 balls with Pakistan at 155 after 16 overs.