Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik became only the 3rd batsman in the world after Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to amass more than 2,000 runs in T20I cricket. He achieved the landmark during Pakistan’s opening clash of the T20I tri-series against Zimbabwe. Malik has been around the international circuit for a long time. He has represented Pakistan with distinction across all 3 formats of the game.
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Malik’s wife Sania Mirza who is also a well-known Tennis player from India took to her twitter handle and congratulated his husband for achieving the record. “Yeah man #Champ #proud @realshoaibmalik,” she wrote quite sharing a twitter post from ICC. It will certainly be a big moment for Maliik and his family.\
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— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 1, 2018
It was very recently that the all-rounder announced that he will be retiring from ODI cricket after the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales. He is hoping that Pakistan lifts the World Cup and he gets a fitting farewell to his career. There is no doubt about the fact that he is not the same player when he burst on to the scene.
Malik made his international debut in the previous century
He is among the very few players who made his international debut in the previous century. Malik made his ODI debut way back in 1999 against Windies at Sharjah. From there on he has impressed all and sundry with his all-round capabilities. However, he has not been able to excel in any of the roles on a consistent basis. Hence there have been times when he has been axed from the side.
In a career spanning nearly two decades, Malik has played only 261 ODI’s and 100 T20I’s. Besides that, he has also been part of Pakistan playing XI in 35 Tests. He retired from the longest format of the game n November 2015. It was after three years Malik was called back to the Test side. He has been an effective off-spinner as well and would look to continue the good work in the twilight of his career.