Shoaib Malik became the third batsman to complete 2,000 runs in T20Is
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Shoaib Malik became the third batsman to complete 2,000 runs in T20Is

Pakistan’s experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik has completed his 2000 runs in T20 International cricket. He has become the third batsman of the world to achieve this position. Malik, 36, achieved this feat in his 99th T20 match.

He made this record during an unbeaten innings of 37 runs in the first match of the T20 triangular series against Zimbabwe here. Malik hit two fours and a six in this match.

Shoaib Malik’s wife Sania Mirza congratulated him on twitter in style

Malik now has 2026 runs at an average of 31.65 in the T20Is, and now become the third top scorer of the world. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill topped the table with 2271 runs from 75 matches at an average of 34.40. Guptill’s team-mate and former opener Brandon McCullum is in second place with 2140 runs from 71 matches at an average of 35.66.

Top 20 Players with most runs in T20Is

Player Span Mat Inns Runs Avg
M Guptill (NZ) 2009-2018 75 73 2271 34.4
B McCullum (NZ) 2005-2015 71 70 2140 35.66
Shoaib Malik (PAK) 2006-2018 99 92 2026 31.65
V Kohli (IND) 2010-2018 59 55 1992 48.58
R Sharma (IND) 2007-2018 81 74 1949 31.43
Mohammad Shahzad (AFG) 2010-2018 63 63 1906 31.76
T Dilshan (SL) 2006-2016 80 79 1889 28.19
J Duminy (SA) 2007-2018 76 70 1822 37.95
D Warner (AUS) 2009-2018 70 70 1792 26.74
E Morgan (ENG) 2009-2018 73 71 1693 29.7
Umar Akmal (PAK) 2009-2016 82 77 1690 26.82
AB de Villiers (SA) 2006-2017 78 75 1672 26.12
Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) 2006-2018 82 79 1665 22.5
C Gayle (WI) 2006-2018 56 52 1607 33.47
S Raina (IND) 2006-2018 75 65 1578 29.22
M Samuels (WI) 2007-2018 64 62 1573 30.25
A Hales (ENG) 2011-2018 53 53 1505 32.02
M Jayawardene (SL) 2006-2014 55 55 1493 31.76
Tamim Iqbal (BAN) 2007-2018 69 69 1490 23.28
H Masakadza (ZIM) 2006-2018 53 53 1467 28.76

Indian captain Virat Kohli is fourth in the list of batsmen who make the most runs in T20Is. Kohli has scored 1992 runs in 59 matches at an average of 48.58. Indian opener Rohit Sharma is at number five with 1949 runs in 81 matches at an average of 31.43. 

Earlier, Shoaib Malik spoke to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) media and said that he had no idea that he was approaching the landmark until the Scotland tour. ‚ÄúBut I knew that I am the highest run scorer in T20I for Pakistan and I am very proud of it,‚ÄĚ Malik said. ‚ÄúI am feeling great but not satisfied because there is a lot to come,‚ÄĚ he added.

Remembering his journey so far Malik admitted that he never thought his career would span for so long. ‚ÄúConsistency in hard work and performance is the key to the success and no one should think that he will set any specific record rather just focus on the hard work and he will achieve his goals automatically,‚ÄĚ he remarked.

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 74 runs 

Opener Fafar Jamsa (61) half century and Asif Ali’s unbeaten 41-run knock, Pakistan defeated hosts Zimbabwe by 74 runs in the first match of the triangular T20 series here today. After batting first, Pakistan made 182 for four wickets in 20 overs and then bowled out Zimbabwe for 108 runs in 17.5 overs. For Zimbabwe,Tarisai Musakanda¬†scored 43 runs. ¬†

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