Shoaib Malik Becomes Eighth Pakistan Batsman to Register 7000 ODI Runs

ZIM vs PAK, 5th ODI: Shoaib Malik Becomes Eighth Pakistan Batsman to Register 7000 ODI Runs

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Shoaib Malik has become the eighth Pakistani batsman to reach 7,000 One-day International (ODI) runs. The veteran Pakistan batter achieved the landmark in the fifth and final One-Dayer against Zimbabwe on Sunday (July 22).

In fact, Malik also becomes the fifth fastest to reach to the landmark of 7,000 runs in the 50-over format. The experienced campaigner took 238 innings to get to the personal milestone.

The right-handed batsman Malik got to 7000 runs with the help of nine hundred and 41 fifties in the ODIs.

Malik has been consistent for Pakistan:

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik. Credits: Getty Images

Therefore, Malik joined the elite list of Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi, Javed Miandad, Younis Khan and Saleem Malik to scale mount 7000 runs.

Malik raised his bat towards the dressing room after he got to the landmark.

However, Malik was unfortunate as he was dismissed after scoring 18 runs.

Shoaib Malik, the right-hander had got an edge but ended up as the prey of poor umpiring.

On the other hand, Fakhar Zaman became the fastest to 1000 ODI runs in the ODI version.

The southpaw batsman took only 18 innings to scale the 1000-run landmark. Zaman eclipsed Sir Vivian Richards’ record of reaching the milestone in 21 innings from the history books. The Windies great was the first batter to get to the record.

Fakhar Zaman
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Furthermore, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Quinton de Kock and Babar Azam also got to the landmark in just 21 innings.

For Pakistan, Zaman also became the leading run-getter in a five-match ODI series with 515 runs under his belt. The southpaw scored a fine 85 in the ongoing match.

Moreover, Zaman had also become the first Pakistan and sixth overall batsman to breach the 200-run barrier in the ODI cricket.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is currently leading by 4-0 and they look good to clean sweep the Zimbabwean side.

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