In a thrilling National T20 Cup showdown between Sialkot and Rawalpindi regions at Karachi’s UBL Sports Complex, Shoaib Malik scripted history on Sunday. With an outstanding 84 runs off 56 balls, including 10 boundaries, the veteran batsman became Pakistan’s sole player to notch up 1,000 fours in T20 cricket, a monumental achievement in his 446-match T20 career.
His remarkable feat not only places him as Pakistan’s first batter with 1,000 fours across 482 innings but also joins him in an exclusive club of eight global players accomplishing this milestone.
Adding to his illustrious record, Malik has also surpassed the 400 sixes mark, reaffirming his dominance in Pakistan’s cricketing landscape.
Despite his stellar performance, Sialkot fell short as Rawalpindi won, chasing down a target of 164 runs in 18.4 overs.
With his eyes set on surpassing Chris Gayle’s record for the highest runs in T20 cricket, Malik stands merely 1,719 runs away from etching his name in history books, boasting an impressive 12,843 runs in 482 innings since his debut against West Indies in October 1999.