Shoaib Malik became the first cricketer to play 100 T20 Internationals. Malik achieved this during the second match of the Zimbabwe Tri-Series, against Australia at Harare Sports Club on Monday.
Pakistan former skipper Shahid Afridi played 99 matches in the shortest format. MS Dhoni is the third player with most caps (90 games) in the T20.
Earlier, the experienced Pakistan right-handed middle order batsman also breached the 2000 run-mark in T20 history, becoming only the third player to do so after Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum, Sports360 reported.
Malik had made his T20 debut almost 12 years ago, in August 2006, in Pakistan’s first ever T20. He has led Pakistan 23 times, which includes taking them to the final of the inaugural World T20, in 2007. He has announced, however, that he would retire from T20s after the upcoming World cup T20.
The right-hander has been in stupendous form in T20 cricket over the past two seasons. His excellent form has been one of the primary reasons for Pakistan’s dominance which has seen them win 20 of their last 23 T20 clashes.
In his last 25 T20 innings for Pakistan, Malik has scored 777 runs at an average of over 70 and a strike-rate above 150.—APP