In a historic achievement on Saturday, Shoaib Malik, the seasoned Pakistani all-rounder, etched his name in cricket history as the first Asian batter to reach the remarkable milestone of 13,000 runs in T20 cricket. This landmark moment occurred during his stellar performance for Fortune Barishal in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2024.
Malik’s unbeaten contribution of 17 runs played a crucial role in guiding Fortune Barishal to a five-wicket victory over Rangpur Riders at the Shere Bangla Stadium.
This significant innings propelled him past the 13,000-run mark, solidifying his status as one of the most prolific run-scorers in the T20 format. Notably, he now stands as only the second player in the world to achieve this impressive feat.
While Shoaib Malik made history with his T20 career milestone, it’s important to acknowledge that the top position for the most T20 runs is still held by the legendary West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle. Gayle boasts an extraordinary total of 14,562 runs in T20 cricket, setting a high bar for other players in this dynamic and entertaining format.
Shoaib Malik’s achievement adds another illustrious chapter to his cricketing journey, showcasing his enduring impact and contribution to the sport, both for Pakistan and in various T20 leagues around the world. Cricket enthusiasts celebrate this historic moment as Malik continues to leave an indelible mark on the T20 landscape.