Stats: Shoaib Malik becomes the first Pakistan player to score 7000 runs in T20 cricket

Stats: Shoaib Malik becomes the first Pakistan player to score 7000 runs in T20 cricket

The all-rounder became only the 7th player in this format to complete 7000 runs.

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik of Barbados Tridents. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Shoaib Malik, part of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) team Barbados Tridents, completed 7000 runs in his Twenty20 cricket career on Saturday. Thus the all-rounder became only the 7th player in this format to complete the milestone and the first player from Pakistan. He completed the landmark during their game against Trinbago Knight Riders played at Gros Islet.

Malik scored 51 in the game against the Trinbago side to complete 7000 T20 runs as he was 50 away from the milestone before the game. He brought up his fifty in 36 balls but didn’t last long after as he holed out after scoring 51 off 38 balls, an innings which included 5 fours. The Knight Riders won the game by 2 wickets which went down to the last over.

This was 259th innings in T20s for Malik and only Dwayne Smith (292) and Kieron Pollard (325) innings for completing 7000 runs in this format. Smith completed his 7000-run milestone in T20s during their previous game while Brendon McCullum became the 2nd player after Chris Gayle to complete 8000 T20 runs in this tournament only. Among the 7 players with 7000 T20 runs, only Malik and Pollard have not scored a century so far.

Most runs by a player in Twenty20 cricket:

Player Country Matches Innings Runs Best Average Centuries Fifties Fours Sixes
Chris Gayle Windies 299 294 10248 175* 40.03 18 62 782 750
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 292 287 8007 158* 30.79 7 41 766 384
David Warner Australia 236 235 7562 135* 36 6 58 15 755
Kieron Pollard Windies 380 341 7468 89* 30.73 0 36 482 483
Brad Hodge Australia 270 256 7338 106 36.87 2 48 14 707
Dwayne Smith Windies 300 293 7015 110* 26.07 3 43 672 332
Shoaib Malik Pakistan 275 259 7001 95* 37.04 0 43 557 193

Among Pakistan players, Shoaib Malik is the only crickter till date to score more than 5000 runs in Twenty20s. Umar Akmal is the nearest Pakistan player to Malik’s tally in T20s with 4906 runs so far. Only six Pakistan players have aggregated 4000 and more runs including Malik till now.

Most runs in Twenty20 cricket by Pakistan players:

Player Matches Innings Runs Best Average Centuries Fifties Fours Sixes
Shoaib Malik 275 259 7001 95* 37.04 0 43 557 193
Umar Akmal 223 209 4902 115* 30.25 1 30 415 183
Ahmed Shehzad 171 170 4574 113* 28.23 3 30 542 105
Mohammad Hafeez 210 200 4362 102* 23.45 2 26 480 127
Kamran Akmal 201 185 4247 105 25.13 2 27 486 119
Azhar Mahmood 230 207 4091 106* 25.56 2 18 383 138
Shahid Afridi 253 219 3613 80 18.81 0 9 268 198

(Stats as on August 12, 2017)