Shoaib Malik

Pakistan
Age
February 1, 1982 (39 years)
Role
All Rounder
Birth Place
Sialkot, Punjab
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Pakistan
Bowling Style
Off break

Shoaib Malik, a prodigy from Sialkot, Pakistan, was already playing first-class cricket at the age of 15. Even though he started primarily as a bowler, he could do practically anything on the cricket field. Gradually, he began focusing more on batting and became a dependable batsman who could bat anywhere.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
99
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Pakistan, ICC World XI, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala, Islamabad, Karachi Whites, Pakistan A, PCB Greens, Pakistan Inv XI, Pakistan International Airlines, Punjab Stallions, Punjab Pakistan, Pakistan Reserves, Sui Southern Gas Corporation, Sialkot Stallions, Warwickshire, Delhi Capitals, Sialkot, Pakistan Under-19, Hobart Hurricanes, Chattogram Challengers, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Uva Next, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fighters, Cumilla Warriors, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajshahi Royals, Punjabi Legends, Punjabi Legends, Multan Sultans, Vancouver Knights, Jozi Stars, Southern Punjab, Delhi Bulls

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
289
259
40
7579
143
34.61
9258
81.86
9
44
607
114
T20I
126
115
34
2516
75
31.06
1998
125.93
0
9
208
67
Test
35
60
6
1898
245
35.15
4155
45.68
3
8
239
17
IPL
7
5
1
52
24
13
47
110.64
0
0
5
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
289
217
7958
6192
158
4/19
4.67
39.19
50.37
1
0
0
T20I
126
46
540
644
28
2/7
7.16
23
19.29
0
0
0
Test
35
43
2712
1519
32
4/33
3.36
47.47
84.75
2
0
0
IPL
7
5
51
85
2
1/6
10
42.5
25.5
0
0
0

Eventually, Shoaib Malik became one of the very few contemporary players who played at the international level for a couple of decades. Shoaib Malik said goodbye to cricket after his team’s last game against India in the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Despite brilliant skills, his total scores don’t fully reflect the talent of Shoaib Malik who has been always considered an underachiever in the cricketing world.

ODI CAREER

Shoaib Malik, a promising cricketer, made his international debut at the age of 17. He debuted for Pakistan as a bowler and was placed to bat at number 10 in the batting order. The debut was against West Indies in 1999 at Sharjah. Pakistan won the match by 130 runs while Shoaib Malik took 2 wickets.

As time passed, Shoaib Malik focused on developing his batting skills and became a solid middle-order batsman. Eventually, he moved up the batting order and started occasionally opening for Pakistan. Shoaib Malik got a century against West Indies batting at number 4 for the first time. This performance earned him a chance to open the batting. Shoaib Malik scored a ton opening the innings against New Zealand at Lahore. Overall, Shoaib Malik has played at all positions from 1 to 10 in the batting order.

Shoaib Malik received a setback in 2004 when his bowling action was suspected. Shortly after, he was cleared of any foul-play but with suggested tweaks. Since then he has never been the same bowler again.

Shoaib Malik loved playing against India4 of his 9 ODI centuries were scored against this particular team. His 3 top ODI scores also came against India: 143 in Asia Cup held in Sri Lanka in 2004, 128 in 2009 Champion’s trophy played at Centurion and 125 in Asia Cup at Karachi in 2008. However, such performances were few and far between. He also captained Pakistan during 41 ODIs between 2007 and 2019.

In a career that lasted for 2 decades, one would assume Shoaib Malik would have played many world cups. However, he was selected for just two ODI World Cups – the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, and 12 years later, the 2019 World Cup in England. In the 2019 World Cup, he was one of the two players, other being Chris Gayle, who did not make debut in the 21st century.

Shoaib Malik represented Pakistan in 287 ODIs scoring 7534 runs at an average of almost 35 and a strike rate of slightly above 80. He also took 158 wickets at an average close to 40 and a tidy economy of under 5 runs per over.

TEST CAREER

A couple of years after the ODI debut, Shoaib Malik was selected for Test in 2001 against Bangladesh at Multan. He was still primarily a bowler then and thus was selected for his bowling brilliance. Exactly like in the ODI debut, he was listed to bat at number 10 in Tests. Pakistan won the Test by innings and 264 runs with Shoaib Malik taking 2 wickets.

Shoaib started his career as a 15-year-old kid and by the time he was 19 he had already played for Pakistan in ODIs and Tests. Although Shoaib Malik was playing in Tests for 15 years, he was not doing it non-stop. He did not play a single Test in 2008 and from 2011 to 2015. In the first couple of years of the Test career, Shoaib Malik played just 2 Test matches. All in all, in a 15-year-long career, he played only 35 Tests.

Similar to ODIs, Shoaib Malik made it to the top of the batting order in Tests. At this position came his best Test innings against Sri Lanka 2006 in Colombo. Chasing 458 in the fourth innings, Shoaib Malik scored 148 not out in 369 balls. More importantly, he was batting for more than 8 hours in that innings to save the match for Pakistan.

In 2015, making a comeback after 4 years in a Test series against England, Shoaib Malik scored his maiden international double century. The 245 at Abu Dhabi is his highest Test score. However, the next 5 innings brought him only 47 runs with a couple of ducks. That is when he decided to step down from the longest format of the game to concentrate on its shorter formats.

In his career, Shoaib Malik played 35 Tests to score 1898 runs at an average of about 35 with 3 centuries. He also took 32 wickets with an average of about 48. Clearly, an underachievement for a player of his caliber.

T20I CAREER

Shoaib Malik had both the playing style and skills more suitable for the shorter formats of the game. He could bat, he could bowl and he was one of the safest fielders in the outfield for Pakistan ever. Shoaib made a T20I debut in 2006 against England in Bristol. He opened the innings in that game which Pakistan won by 5 wickets.

Shoaib Malik played a key role in getting Pakistan to the final of the inaugural T20I World Cup in South Africa in 2007. Later, in the 2009 T20I World Cup in England, he was an integral part of the Pakistan team which went all the way to clinch the trophy. The 75-run innings against England in 2015 in a losing cause was Shoaib’s highest score in T20 internationals.

Throughout his career, Shoaib Malik has played in many T20 leagues around the world including, but not limited to, IPL (only one season), PSL, BBL, and CPL. Overall, Shoaib Malik has played 113 T20 internationals and has scored 2321 runs (105 innings) at an average of 31 with a healthy strike rate of around 125. He also took 28 wickets with an average of 23 and a more than decent economy rate of around 7 runs per over.

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