Shoaib Malik became the first Pakistani batter to hit 1000 fours in 482 innings of T20 format.
Right-handed batsman Shoaib Malik performed a unique feat for Pakistan during the ongoing National T20 Cup match between Sialkot Region and Rawalpindi Region at the United Bank Limited (UBL) Sports Complex in Karachi on Sunday.
41-year-old Shoaib Malik, who has represented Pakistan in 446 international matches, became the first Pakistani batsman to hit 1000 fours in 482 innings in T20 cricket.
He became the eighth player in the history of cricket to achieve this milestone. He also hit 400 sixes in the shorter format and became the only Pakistani so far.
Shoaib Malik has also become the first Pakistani batsman to score 5000 T20 runs in Pakistan. In Pakistan, he has so far scored 5068 runs at an average of 46.93 and a strike rate of 135, including 42 fifties, in 156 innings.
Malik had earlier expressed that he wants to break Chris Gayle’s record of most runs in T20 cricket.
The all-rounder needs 1719 runs to make history as he currently has 12,843 runs in 482 innings of T20 cricket while Gayle has 14,562 runs in 455 innings. Considering how much Shoaib Malik has worked on his fitness over the years, it wouldn’t be surprising if he continues to play the shortest format of the game for a few more years and breaks Gayle’s record.