Shoaib Malik should be considered the father time of cricket. He is the only men’s cricketer to still be playing active international cricket from the 90s, having made his debut in 1999 in an ODI against West Indies in Sharjah.
He has batted at the top and he has also batted as a tail-ender, having batted at No.10 on his debut and moving up the ranks to become a dependable batsman for Pakistan.
He has been part of several epic moments in Pakistan history, winning the 2009 World T20 and also the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy both held in England. Malik is only India’s son-in-law, marrying tennis sensation Sania Mirza.
Malik has achieved plenty of highs in his career and now he has become the 2nd player to score more runs (2239) in T20I career, only Martin Guptil is ahead of him with 2272 runs.
Shoaib Malik went pass Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who have scored 2137 and 2237 respectively.
Shoaib Malik achieved this landmark in 1st T20I against South Africa at Cape Town on Friday as he scored 49 off 31 balls.
Shoaib Malik who made his T20I debut on 28 August, 2006 against England has played 109 T20I in which he has scored 2239 runs with an average of 31 including 8 fifties.
On September 2017, Malik became the highest run–scorer in T20I for Pakistan. On 1 July 2018, Malik also became the first Asian batsman to score 2,000 runs in T20Is. Malik became the third player to play 100 T20Is in the world. On April 12, 2010.
Shoaib Malik who is captaining Pakistan Cricket Team in the absence of Sarfraz Ahmed, believes that Pakistan have a “very good chance” to win the 2019 World Cup, which will be played in England and Wales.
Malik said that it will only be possible if the team performs well in cricket’s marquee tournament against the rest of the world.
“I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament. But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much. How we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go,” Malik told Sky Sports.
He further said that Pakistan have the ability to win the World Cup hands-down, adding that “abilities don’t win you anything, performances do.”
Malik further said he is personally looking to make the World Cup 2019 memorable.
According to the 36-year-old all-rounder, Pakistan capabilities include having top ODI bowlers and batsmen in their line-up, adding:
“Personally I’m looking forward to a memorable World Cup 2019.”
Pakistan’s World Cup victory in the One-Day International (ODI) format came in the year 1992 but the all-rounder feels his side has the ability to win the tournament this year.
Pakistan will start World Cup campaign against the West Indies on May 31. They will later take on hosts England and will clash against India on June 16.