Shoaib Malik joins Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum in elite list after completing 9,000 runs in T20s
Senior Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik became only the fourth Indian batsman to complete 9,000 runs in T20s after his brilliant cameo for Guyana Amazon Warriors' against Barbados Tridents on Sunday. Malik is currently plying his trade in the Carribean Premier League (CPL) 2019 and has been impressive with the bat and the ball for the Warriors. The Pakistan veteran had recently retired from ODIs following a poor show in World Cup 2019 where the Men in Green failed to make it to the semi-finals.
Malik was in his elements on Sunday as he slammed a brisk 32 off 19 balls laced with three sixes which saw him break into the 9,000 club in T20s. He joined the likes of Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Kieron Pollard in becoming the fourth batsmen in the world to achieve the feat. Gayle leads the T20 run-scoring charts with 13051 runs to his name and is followed by McCullum (9922) and Pollard (9757).
Malik is fourth on the list with 9014 runs under his belt. He has been one of the most consistent run-getters in the shortest format of the game and has played his several T20 tournaments across the world including the Pakistan Super League and the Bangladesh Premier League. In T20Is too Malik has a terrific record with 2263 runs in 111 matches at an average of 30.58 including seven fifties.
Indian captain Virat Kohli leads the run-scoring charts in T20Is with 2450 runs from 72 games at an incredible average of 50.00 including 22 fifties under his belt. He is followed closely by Rohit Sharma, who has 2443 runs to his name in 98 matches. New Zeland's Martin Guptill is third on the list and is followed by malik at the 4th spot.
Talking about the game, Guyana Amazon Warriors rode on a brilliant 132-run-knock from opener Brandon King and Malik's cameo to post a big total of 218 runs on the board. Barbados Tridents were restricted on 188/8, in reply, as the Warriors won the game comfortably by 30 runs.